Dos Locos was originally started by two women in 1992 as a Take-out Taco stand, turned restaurant. They decided to open another restaurant around the corner with a bar (10 N. First St). In 2000, Darryl and Joe (current loco Mexican's) were on vacation and looking for a change, when they saw the For Sale Sign on the window. They were fans of Dos Locos for its Food & Margaritas. And owning it was perfect: Only opened 6 months out of the year and vacation for the remaining 6 months. WOW!
Joe would quit his job immediately and Darryl would follow suit with a leave of absence in June. The restaurant was a huge success. Menu upgrades cosmetic changes and staff upgrades from where the girls had taken the little 56-seat restaurant. September 11th, 2001, was there first scheduled day off of their 1st season. Staff called to watch what was happening! That day changed everything! Seeing what had happened and knowing that Darryl's primary job was going to cease due to traveling, they decided to make a real go at it and stay open year round. That winter the long lines continued.
The second summer was even more successful with the restaurant. In September 2002, a friend came into the restaurant, to let the guys know that a restaurant was closing and a larger space was available. They quickly, jumped on it and in April of 2003 made the move to 10 Wilmington Ave. they're success continued for the next couple years. Driving down Rehoboth Ave one October morning, they saw a new vision.
For rent, The Abizak's Building - They pulled into the parking spot and called. Found out it was available and made arrangements to look and see if the new spot would work. After weeks of talks, a lease was signed and construction began. They would totally fit-out the restaurant with everything being new. With the help of the staff (designing and laying out needs/wants) Customers, Debbie & Jon (Sysco) Mike (Oak Construction the Best Construction Company Around) Gina and Terry (interior designers/friends) Sam & Joyce (Plants, Clean-up, Snacks) and the countless many dear friends/customers the restaurant opened in 56 days after the initial construction of the project. Meanwhile, the 10 Wilmington Avenue location would remain open!
On May 22nd, we officially closed that location and moved the remaining equipment and supplies to it's new home at 208 Rehoboth Ave. Everyone helped out to make the move! On Thursday, May 24th, 2007 at 3pm, Darryl, Joe and the entire staff decided it was the right moment to OPEN THE DOORS! So, with a few phone calls, Dos Locos Fajita & Stonegrill Restaurant opened at exactly 8pm.
For the next 2 hours over 200 locals would come in and see the new restaurant. This was on the beginning of the Memorial Day Weekend. The once 56 seat restaurant now 186 seats recorded a record-breaking weekend serving over 5500 meals. It was a rough start, but we made it! Thanks to the dedicated staff, customers & a few prayers. It's what makes Dos Locos what it is today.
Dos Locos currently owned and operated by Darryl Ciarlante and Joe Zuber since 2001. It is open daily, where you will see many of the same faces each week/year. Between servers, bartenders, chefs, cooks and host staff. We are very proud to have grown and still kept the same quality in a fun, relaxing atmosphere where you can get good food at a reasonable price with great service. Relax and enjoy yourself ... you're at the beach!