A few months ago back in July of 2018, a fire broke out in Mercedes And Family's restaurant at their 5603 Tieton Drive location, and there went my favorite place in Yakima to get homemade, fresh pork tamales and more.

The fire caused the owners to shut down their eaterie, and I, along with thousands of other patrons, collectively gulped in sadness.

Well, I just about jumped out of my chair a few minutes ago when I saw some great news featured on the Yakima Herald's website! Mercedes And Family have reopened in a new location! Yakimaniacs everywhere are rejoicing!

I cannot wait to zoom on over to the restaurant's new digs at 2201 West Lincoln Ave! If you want to call up for a to-go order, their new phone number is 509-965-9193.

In case you don't know Spanish, the above Facebook post basically says that Mercedes And Family Restaurant is officially open (in the old "Anita's Restaurant" location (I'm old enough to remember it as Sharky's Pizza).

They have a limited menu for now, so be patient for all those yummy tamales, beans and rice, y'all! They are worth the wait!