The Upper Township Business Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official grand opening of UTBA member and new Mexican restaurant Las Olas Taqueria, located at 4 Roosevelt Blvd., Unit No. 4, in Marmora on Thursday, June 3.
Mayor Richard Palombo, UTBA President Steve Zellers, Las Olas Taqueria Owner Joe Papano, and UTBA Board Members Christina Tolson, Liz Foglio, Kathy Peasheck, and Pandora Mason were in attendance for the ceremony.
Owner Joe Papano, a township resident, has worked and owned various businesses within the community over the years and is very excited to bring authentic Mexican cuisine to Upper Township.
Mayor Palombo being present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Joe’s new endeavor made it even more special, as the mayor employed Joe and his siblings at his business, Ocean City Pharmacy, as their first job.
Surfing has always played a huge role in Joe’s life, and even back then the mayor installed an outdoor shower so Joe and his siblings could rinse off before work.
“He has always had a passion for Mexican food, dating back to his years spent in southern California where he fell in love with fish tacos and authentic Mexican dishes,” Papano said.
Papano spent over a decade in Mexico, traveling the southern coast to find the best waves from Encinitas to Baja, where taquerias were everywhere and usually run by local families serving fresh food until they ran out.
Joe’s passion grew deeper when he worked in a Newport Beach, California, kitchen of an authentic Mexican restaurant for eight years, and he knew he wanted to bring this delicious cuisine back to his East Coast home one day.
At Las Olas Taqueria, every dish is made to order with fresh, homemade ingredients including the sauces, guacamole and hand rolled corn tortillas. From fish tacos, and empanadas to burritos and rice bowls, there is something for everyone.
The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., for indoor and outdoor seating, as well as takeout. Takeout can be ordered by calling (609) 938-2419 or through the Toast TakeOut app.