Restaurant opens in Springfield where 2011 tornado hit

This is the owner’s second Puerto Rican restaurant in western Mass.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A family-owned restaurant has expanded to Springfield’s South End, in a rebuilt building that was destroyed by the 2011 tornado.

Raices Restaurant held its grand opening Wednesday night, at their new location at Union and Main Streets. This is their second Puerto Rican restaurant; the first is in Holyoke called Rincon Restaurant.

Raices owner Tony Baez told 22News he’s looking forward to being a part of the new downtown culture when MGM Springfield opens its doors. He said, “That’ll be a big plus when that opens I think. We’ll get a lot more traffic around this area and all that.”

In 2011, the building where the restaurant stands, and the area around it, was reduced to rubble from the tornado.

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