.Watsonville’s El Frijolito Undergoes Expansion, Remodel

Beloved South County burrito spot El Frijolito will reopen this year

For nearly four decades, El Frijolito restaurant has served traditional taqueria fare in its sit-down dining room at 11 Alexander St.

El Frijolito has been closed for weeks as owners remodel and expand. The place is perhaps best known for its walk-up window on the 400 block of Union Street. It has affectionately become known by many as a “hole-in-the-wall.”

Manager Sergio Carrera, whose sister owns the place, gives an optimistic reopening date of early June.

“I think everyone is missing the burritos,” Carrera says. “We just can’t wait to get back in there and start making some food. Everyone in the family is getting antsy.”

Carrera says that he has received the necessary permits from the County of Santa Cruz and is now finalizing the necessary ones from the City of Watsonville.

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Once open, the restaurant will offer up to 3,200 square feet and an expanded menu.

“One of our biggest limitations was always the space we had, so I think there should be some exciting things on the menu down the line,” he says.

El Frijolito, 11 Alexander St., # B, Watsonville. 724-8823


  1. It’s referred to as the “hole-in-the-wall” not burrito-in-the-wall. And it’s been closed for months, since December. We are all anxiously awaiting their re-opening ?

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    • Haha that bugged me too. The Hole in the Wall or The Bean are the only 2 alternate names that I am okay with lol
      I’m just glad there is some official word. So excited for the family to do this. Business is going to be popping!

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  2. I can’t wait for you guys to open I love your your food my son says he was little he loves that place and thank you for all your do for us I can wait for you guys to open.

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    • In English it’s the little bean. But the hole in the wall has been closed for awhile, even before December. ? impatiently waiting.

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  3. I am hope you open soon. Everyone all over town is missing your great food. Open soon

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