The Granada restaurant, a Victory Boulevard landmark for nearly 40 years, re-emerged from an eight-month closure Monday with sizzling fajitas, cold margaritas and new owners who will probably look familiar to longtime patrons.
A group of employees bought the former Alfredo’s Granada out of bankruptcy after it closed in October and hosted a grand opening Monday. Longtime waiter Sergio Ugalde is now also part owner.
“Almost all the employees are coming to work again,” Ugalde said as he helped touch up the interior of the restaurant, now just called the Granada, before reopening day. “The people don’t want to miss anything. They want to see all the faces.”
Launched by Alfredo Bernal in 1971, the restaurant attracted a loyal following of regulars. Alfredo Bernal died in 2003, and members of his family took over.
Last year, a series of complications forced the restaurant to go under, according to then-co-owner Alex Bernal. A lawsuit brought by an employee, a slowdown during the recession and disagreements among members of the Bernal family prompted the owners to close Alfredo’s Granada on Oct. 2.