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New owner continues Mundo's unique Latin grill experience
In business pic
Mundos Latin Grill new owners Gerardo Gonzales and his wife Veronica Gonzales stand with Juan Villapudua (center), one of the original inspirations for the restaurant. - photo by NANCY ANGEL / The Journal

Name of business: Mundo’s Latin Grill

Type of business: Restaurant/ grill

Location: 699 North Golden State Blvd.

Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Contact info: 632-4004

History of business:  A family’s love for food, and a menu filled with special recipes, has resulted in a fusion of Mexican and South American cuisine. 

 “Mundo’s started off as a fast food restaurant with made as you order burritos and rice bowls," said owner Gerardo Gonzales. “ In 2007, Mundo’s upgraded the menu and its services into a fine dining restaurant where families and people from all ages can enjoy.”

Mundo’s dishes including the Chino Latino rolls and Latin pasta dishes, have since developed a bit of a reputation in the community.

“We are not your average Mexican restaurant,” said Gonzales.  “We offer unique recipes that will not be found anywhere else in Turlock.  We go where no other Latin grill has gone before.  We have different varieties in our menu selection that will appeal to different taste buds.”

Mundo’s Latin Grill, then owned by Mundo Villapudua, first opened in 2005 with the help of brothers Carlos and Mario Villapudua.

“Carlos created many of the dishes that we serve today.  His unique taste and his eye for creativity has transformed the way people eat our food today,” said Gonzales.

In 2012 Gonzales took over the restaurant as the former owner moved to Texas to start his own restaurant business.

“Mundo had so much pride in this restaurant that he wanted to make sure its new owner would continue on its same legacy,” said Gonzales.     

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Mundo’s Latin Grill offers gourmet delights like Mango Herbed Chicken and Pollo Durango, and Garden Fresco Burrito for its vegetarian lovers.

“For the very first time, Mundo has a daily lunch special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” said Gonzales.