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Chiquita’s Corner serving tacos, egg rolls in Riverside

Stephanie Sandoval’s dad designed the logo for her new business at 11th and Bitting in Riverside.
Stephanie Sandoval’s dad designed the logo for her new business at 11th and Bitting in Riverside.

There’s a new tenant in the former Squeezer's Palace space in Riverside, and it serves Mexican food with a side of egg rolls.

Stephanie Sandoval just opened Chiquita’s Corner at 828 W. 11th street, in the teeny-tiny 144-square-foot hut that until March occupied Squeezer’s Palace, an ice cream shop. The building sits just across the street from R Coffeehouse at 11th and Bitting.

Sandoval, who has worked as a server at Bella Luna Cafe for five years, is a single mother who decided it was time to start her own business. She’s focusing on the foods she loved growing up in Midtown.

“I grew up on Park Place in a neighborhood that was full of Mexican and Asian people, and I loved Asian food,” she said. “I wanted my shop to serve what I like to eat – the randomness of what I like to eat.”

The menu is limited but keeps growing, Sandoval said. It includes fried tacos, enchiladas, rice, beans, chile verde and egg rolls. She introduces specials regularly, too.

She named it Chiquita’s Corner after the nickname her dad gave her when she was a little girl. Chiquita is a Spanish term of endearment that translates to “pretty little girl.”

The shop is open noon to midnight, and Sandoval said she’s finding she’s busier late into the evening. She’s open daily for now but she’s trying to decide which days to close based on traffic. She’ll probably choose Mondays and Tuesdays, she said.

Her sign will be going up soon featuring a drawing her father made of her 6-year-old daughter, Bella.

Though there’s no room for indoor seating, but Sandoval has some picnic tables out front and hopes to project some family movies onto the side of her building this summer.

For more information, call 316-259-7079 or visit www.facebook.com/chiquitascorner.

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