Pilsen Tortilla Shop’s Mural Disappears. But Don’t Worry, Owner Says, An Even Better One Is Coming
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Pilsen Tortilla Shop’s Mural Disappears. But Don’t Worry, Owner Says, An Even Better One Is Coming

Owner Julian Rodriguez, and one of the artists Manuel Macias look at the progress on the new mural outside El Popocatepetl Tortilleria in Pilsen. PILSEN — The sudden disappearance of the large mural on the side of El Popocatepetl Tortilleria in Pilsen this month alarmed some fans who took to social media to express their concerns. But the owner of the tortilla shop said a new one honoring the family business and their Mexican heritage is on its way. Owner Julian Rodriguez said tuckpointing work on the brick wall damaged the original mural, which was painted more than a decade ago for a film shooting in the neighborhood. So the family-owned business commissioned a new one. The original mural at 1854 W. 21st Street featured the faces of several Pilsen residents, including the tortilla shop’s founder, Ernesto Avina. Earlier this month, passersby were greeted with a white wall along South Wolcott Avenue. Some residents took to Facebook to cry foul. Jeff Zimmerman The original mural at 1854 W. 21st St. Rodriguez said the family wanted to take “the opportunity to do something new.” The new mural will encompass the entire building and be “more representative of the family-owned businesses […]

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