April 20, 2014 By Christian Murray
Chips, the well-known Mexican restaurant located at 42-15 Queens Blvd, was recently sold.
Janet and Audiel Acantar, who are related to the outgoing owner Miguel Hernandez, bought the restaurant and are making some slight changes to the menu and decor.
The biggest change, however, will be to the name. The husband-and-wife duo are renaming the restaurant El Norteno, which they say denotes their northern Mexican heritage.
Janet Acantar said the restaurant’s interior will continue to have most of the same features, such as the sombreros that hang from the ceiling and the paintings on the walls. The menu will be the same, although they will be adding some dishes that traditionally come from the Northern states of Mexico, such as shredded beef and chicken and special types of sauces.
Janet Acantar said that Hernandez sold Chips so he could go back to Mexico where his parents own a number of restaurants. She said that he will be in and out of the US so people will see him in the restaurant from time to time.
Acantar said the restaurant is ready to open. The couple is just waiting on getting their health department permit.
Terms of the sale were not disclosed.