La Botana prepares for Early opening

La Botana Mexican Restaurant's new home is at 108 Early Blvd.

EARLY — La Botana Mexican Restaurant is preparing to open at its new location at 108 Early Blvd. in Early.

The restaurant vacated its Brownwood home earlier this month, and owner Alejandra Ortega hopes to be open in the new location next week.

At the Brownwood location, at 420 N. Main, had seating for about 80. At the Early location, which was previously home to another restaurant, there will be seating for about 200, Ortega said.

La Botana had been open in Brownwood for about five years.

Early City Administrator Wayne Creel visited the restaurant Thursday afternoon, where Ortega and others were working to prepare for the restaurant's opening. "Anything else we can do from the city's standpoint?" Creel asked Ortega.

The Early building was "a mess" when La Botana began renovating and remodeling, Early Assistant City Administrator Wayne Creel said. 

In about another week, Creel said, the city will put a notice on residents' water bills that the new business is open, a practice the city has had with other new businesses that open.

"I think they'll do a heck of a business," Creel said.