PANAMA CITY — Ismael Barragan opened the doors to his fourth Mexican restaurant, Los Rancheros by the Bay, on Monday night and already is becoming a part of the St. Andrews community.
“They’ve been working around the clock every day,” said Ronnie Barnes of Waterfront Markets Inc. “Everything has been replaced in that place. … It is beautiful, clean and family-friendly.”
Across from Oaks by the Bay Park, the restaurant will host Saturday night’s after-jam session with Jazz By the Bay festival musicians. Guests will be greeted by Los Rancheros’ Mexican scarecrow, part of the restaurant’s involvement in the St. Andrews Scarecrow Fest.
“I went last night for dinner, a nice crowd,” said Charlotte Smith, owner of Two Sisters Custom Designs across the street. “The food was delicious, everything was hot, the service was great, clean and a good atmosphere — everything you would want. I think experience is key.”
Los Rancheros by the Bay is Ismael’s fourth restaurant. Los Rancheros, which has been serving customers since 1999, also has locations on 23rd Street in Panama City, in Panama City Beach and in Bonifay.
“It has been around a while, and I think has staying power,” said Smith, who also is the Economic Development Committee chairwoman for the Waterfront Partnership. “We are thrilled. It offers an alternative to seafood, although they do have that, too.”
LOS RANCHEROS BY THE BAY
Where: 1001 Beck Ave., St. Andrews
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; festival after-jam is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20
Details: (850) 215-1119 or LosRancherosPC.com