HANFORD — Restaurant Guanajuatense opened March 1 in downtown Hanford. Maria Gallardo, 54, opened the restaurant after living in Hanford for 23 years.

Gallardo and her family moved from Penjamo, Guanajuato, a town in Mexico. There, Gallardo owned her own shop selling food but wanted one day to own her own restaurant where she would cook as well.

After moving to the United States, Gallardo cooked at several different local restaurants. She opened her new restaurant in The Old Fire House space.

The restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Gallardo's daughter, Xochitl Castillo, said that they will serve authentic Mexican food. Gallardo's specialty is her costilla de puerco – pork ribs. They will also have fresh tortillas made on site.

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