New Mexican restaurant coming to Truesdale

By Jason Koch, Record Correspondent
Posted 3/11/24

A new Mexican restaurant is planned for Truesdale MO after aldermen approved the business license.

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New Mexican restaurant coming to Truesdale


A new Mexican restaurant is coming soon to Truesdale.

Aldermen approved the business license for El Tapanco de Don Chilo at its Feb. 29 meeting.

The new restaurant is planning to be open by the third week of March, owner Donna Coss said.Its hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Coss said.

The restaurant will operate with five employees.

El Tapanco will be at 1020 E. Veterans Memorial Parkway in Truesdale.

During the meeting, aldermen also approved a number of other items.

The city has installed 118 of the new radio read water meters, and purchased another 60 to continue the installation.

The cost of the 60 meters was $15,002.97, Public Works Supervisor Mark Bennett said during the meeting.

That was a slight increase in cost over the previous order, though Bennett said he was told the city is still paying less than other cities that use the same meters.

“He just wants us to get everything implemented for our whole city, so he’s given us a cheaper price,” Bennett told aldermen.

Aldermen also approved the purchase of a new truck for the public works department from Don Brown for $64,025. The city had budgeted $75,000 for the purchase.

City officials also approved the preliminary plans and specifications, estimated costs, and preliminary assessment roll for the new Elkhorn Ridge subdivision under construction in Truesdale.

The new subdivision features 190 plots, ranging in size from 4,800 square feet to the biggest lot at 20,283 square feet.

The new subdivision is off Veterans Memorial Parkway and is being developed by both T.R. Hughes and McBride Homes.

Future Truesdale projects

During the Feb. 29 meeting, Mayor Jerry Cannon announced the city had strongly backed Wright City’s request for letters of support for a grant that would help pay to add a new Interstate 70 exit at Stracks Church Road.

Cannon, all four city aldermen, and a T.R. Hughes official involved in the development of the new Elkhorn Ridge subdivision all submitted letters to support the cause.

“Hopefully that will do some good,” Cannon said. “I think we should support Wright City in every way we can because that overpass can be huge or Truesdale, especially with getting the new subdivisions.”

The Missouri Department of Transportation does not currently have plans to add an interchange at Stracks Church Road despite requests from both Wright City and Truesdale.

There is a possibility that a new overpass is built to replace the current overpass as part of the Improve I-70 project if MoDOT cannot fit a third lane in each direction under the current bridge, officials have said.

Truesdale is also interested in making South Spoede Lane a city road. Currently, that roadway is a county road.

Alderman Mike Thomas, who was absent from the meeting, said in a submitted report that he had addressed the idea with the Warren County Commission and received positive feedback.

Commissioners told Thomas that the city needs to make a formal request to start the transfer process.

“I know that there are some issues with Spoede,” Cannon said. “I think there’s a lot more positives that we take that road than the negatives, especially if we want to see things develop on that road.”

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