|La Familia bakery sells more than pastries|
La Familia bakery sells more than pastries (originally published 12-04-08)
By Yasmin Perez,
For the Star-Gazette
La Familia is the name of the new bakery and restaurant at 204 Washington, Beardstown. Owner Augustin Urquiza and his wife, Susana, own and operate the business. Their son, Pedro, is the general manager.
The family came to this country 10 years ago from Tejupilco, located in the state of Mexico, in the country of Mexico. They brought with them several years of experience in the bakery business, and a lot of their own recipes. Augustin's brother and sister-in-law also work in the bakery.
Augustin stated they decided to open a bakery in Beardstown because they knew people in town needed that particular kind of product and service. The last bakery business in the same location did not do well. Augustin was asked why he believed his family's business would work.
"The recipes are not the same and everyone has their own style. That's why we took a risk of opening this new bakery," he stated. When asked what he offers customers, Augustin answered, "Good quality." He continued by saying if the business did well, it may expand to another location.
The Urquiza family has its own secret recipes for homemade tortillas and other items they sell in the bakery and in the restaurant. In the bakery there are – among other bread and pastry items--conchas, cheese bread, and the famous besos (kisses). In the restaurant section, customers can order tortas (sandwiches), and tacos with different meats, such as steak, chicken and sausage. The menu also offers carnitas, sopes and quesadillas.
Every weekend the Urquiza family sells sheep and pork carnitas for $7.99 per pound, with a free tortillas packet with each pound.
The La Familia also offers catering service. The bakery/restaurant is closed on Monday. Regular business hours are: Tuesday-Thursday, and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For orders or more information, call 217-502-7823.
Star-Gazette photos by Yasmin Perez
La Familia offers a variety of bread and rolls for dinner and dessert.
Evelia Reynosa makes tortillas by hand and prepares the food that customers order from the restaurant menu.
Owner Agustin Urquiza (left) manages the bakery and serves customers in the restaurant. Juan Cesar (right) is the baker for the business.