Mexican food restaurant Jose's Blue Sombrero will be coming to the Wauwatosa Village.
The DeRosa Corporation announced Nov. 16 that they will be closing the Chancery at 7615 W. State St. and renovating it to become what they describe as an "unexpected Mexican food experience." The Chancery has been in that location for 38 years and will close Jan. 14 to allow for the reconstruction. The new restaurant is scheduled to open in early June.
The menu at Jose's includes the traditional Mexican dishes that people have come to expect, like tacos, fajitas and enchiladas. Jose's fuses food from other genres into their traditional fare to create menu items like Fajita Fingers, Juan Won Beef Kalbi Tacos, Jalawhoppers, Austin TX Street Gaucho Tacos, Molcajete’s, Fajitas, Blue Lobster Tacos and Pollo Ala Parrilla.
“(The Chancery) restaurant has been a blessing to our company,” owner Joe DeRosa said. “We are thankful to our many loyal customers who have visited our restaurants over the years and continue to support us. The current concept at this location has served the community for 38 years and the time has come for something new."
DeRosa Corporation owns and operates four Chancery restaurants and three Jose’s Blue Sombrero locations. The current Jose's locations are in Racine, Brookfield and Fox Point.
“We invite our customers to visit us at the Wauwatosa location through January 14,” DeRosa said. “If (customers) want a sneak-peek of the food coming to the Wauwatosa location, we welcome them to visit us at one of our three Jose’s restaurants."
The new restaurant will have two floors of customer seating, including multi-level outdoor seating with an upstairs patio and a street-side patio. Final designs for the restaurant are not yet approved by the city of Wauwatosa. Jose’s Blue Sombrero’s menu boasts local ingredients and includes authentic flavors from several regions of Mexico. The new restaurant will also have periodic live Mariachi music to give it an authentic Mexican atmosphere.
DeRosa described the Chancery as casual dining and said that type of restaurant "has been under siege" for quite some time. The Village in Wauwatosa has undergone numerous changes in recent years and the need to keep up with neighbors fueled the decision to bring in Jose's.
"The customer counts (at the Chancery) are not what we wanted," DeRosa said. "I have to take it to the next generation. We needed something to complement what is already going on in the Village."
The first Jose's opened in Racine in 2001 and became the city's favorite Mexican restaurant, winning The Journal Times readers' "Best Mexican Restaurant" award four years in row from 2013 to 2016.