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New mole restaurant, Los Moles, to spice up Walnut Creek


Some good restaurant news: An El Cerrito destination for Mexican mole is bringing its secret spices to Walnut Creek.

Chef-owner Lito Saldana’s Los Moles, which also has locations in Emeryville and San Rafael, is opening a fourth location inside the former Tender Greens on Locust Avenue.

The Walnut Creek City Council approved Saldana’s 10-year lease with two five-year options to occupy the ground floor of the city-owned South Locust Parking Garage. In response to the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city and Los Moles negotiated a 20 percent rent reduction each month that Los Moles’ gross sales are less than $200,000 for the first two years of the lease, according to Patch.

Saldana, who grew up in Jalisco, Mexico, offers eight different types of housemade mole that adorn the menu’s tacos, burritos, meat platters and “enmoladas,” mole-rific enchiladas. His award-winning moles include a mole verde made with fresh chile poblano, spinach, cilantro, pumpkin seeds and walnuts, while the pipian mole is made almost entirely of pumpkin seeds.

Saldana’s menus also feature organic chicken, eggs, coffee, teas, sugar, milk, agave nectar and handcrafted corn tortillas. Everything is gluten-free. An email inquiring about the timeline of opening the restaurant at 1352 Locust Street was not immediately returned. But check back for updates. Meanwhile, all three Los Moles locations are currently open for takeout and delivery.

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