LOCAL NEWS

Hundreds line up for popular restaurant in Millcreek before it closes permanently

Nov 3, 2022, 10:48 PM | Updated: Nov 7, 2022, 10:05 am

MILLCREEK, Utah — Hundreds of customers lined up outside of Hector’s Mexican Food on Thursday, to show their support for a restaurant that’s closing its doors after 27 years in Millcreek.

“We’re waiting for probably the greatest Mexican food in the state,” said Luke Leclair-Marzolf, after waiting in the drive-thru for more than an hour.

Leclair-Marzolf was wearing merchandise from the restaurant that’s become a staple in the neighborhood. He said you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu. But the California burrito is clearly a favorite.

Like so many others who waited over an hour for a burrito, he was sad to see the notice of the closure and the reason behind it.

“It’s really too bad. I was worried when they were cutting their hours earlier,” Ryder Jordin said.

Jordin and his friend arrived at the restaurant as soon as they opened their doors Thursday and waited in a line for about an hour and 20 minutes before ordering and receiving their meal.

“It’s worth it for sure,” he said.

Hector Uribe said he felt like they didn’t have much choice when they decided to close. It wasn’t for a lack of customers. A notice outside the restaurant says the decision was “due to the that we cannot find enough staff to work.”

He told KSL on Thursday, the lack of staff and reliable help “kind of forced us to make this decision.”

But as he worked the drive-thru window nonstop on Thursday night, he was grateful for the support so many were offering.

Customers asked how they were doing and expressed their love and support for the restaurant and for Hector.

“We’ve been in line for an hour and half waiting for you guys,” one woman told him as she pulled up. “We love you guys.”

Hector kept a smile on his face as he worked, thanking each customer, some of them by name. He and his two employees knew they had their work cut out for them that night and he had to call some of his family members to come and help keep up with the demand.

“We’re just thankful for all the support from everybody,” Hector said.

Hector’s Mexican Food will be open Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and then again on Saturday, which will be its last day.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

...
Mike Anderson

Utah is developing a flying motorcycle

We live in a time, where inventions can be built at home and where 3D printers, and machining devices help realize dreams.
20 hours ago
FILE: The Utah State Capitol (Jason Olson, Deseret News Archives)...
Shelby Lofton

Utah lawmakers introduce school safety bills

Lawmakers have unveiled a number of school safety bills after hearing concerns from their constituents.
20 hours ago
...
Ashley Moser

Utah fifth grader successfully petitions to allow hats at his school

Manila Elementary School's policy allowed students to wear ball caps only on designated days. James Cope, 10, was not fond of that rule, so he started a petition.
20 hours ago
(SLCPD)...
Eliza Pace

Man stabbed to death in SLC

A man was killed in a stabbing Thursday on Main Street in Salt Lake City.
20 hours ago
Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

Sandy officials looking for solutions dealing with ski traffic blocking roads

Traffic can be backed up in the canyons for miles, especially on big ski days. Some of that traffic in Little Cottonwood Canyon is even spilling out into Sandy, which is causing a lot of problems.
20 hours ago
Salt Palace convention hall...
Larry D. Curtis

Salt Palace to host temporary liquor store during NBA’s All-Star activities

To accommodate visitors to Salt Lake City for NBA All-Star festivities, Utah will open an additional liquor store downtown.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Hundreds line up for popular restaurant in Millcreek before it closes permanently