Eva Alvarez, who began La Joya Restaurant on Fifth Street in Charlottesville five years ago, will open a Crozet location in the space formerly occupied by Anna’s Restaurant in Old Trail Village. Alvarez said she expects to open there in mid-November.
“We want to come because we think a lot of people want another Mexican restaurant in Crozet,” she said. Her son Erik, who also has a painting business, will manage the restaurant’s early hours and she will come out from Charlottesville to handle the later hours while another son, Isael, will take over the Charlottesville location.
Alvarez said the fare will be typical Mexican with some Salvadoran dishes, too. She said customers’ favorite dishes at the original restaurant include nachos texanos, tacos al pastor and carnitas.
Partitions will be added at the new location as well as a bar and TVs. It will have 30 tables and 120 seats.
Hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.