The folks at Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant in Aptos have done a good job getting the word out…but if you haven’t yet heard, the venerable and much-loved Aptos institution is having its Golden 50th Anniversary this week. On March 15, Manuel’s Restaurant celebrates 50 years of serving its food to our community.
The restaurant was started in 1965 by Manuel and Alice Santana, and it wasn’t long before the establishment got the attention of a number of luminaries of the day. In fact, Manuel’s was an early favorite of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and was mentioned in Tom Wolfe’s famous Novel, the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
Manuel’s Restaurant has a long history of giving back to the community which they serve, and to honor that tradition, they will be donating 50% of the sales this week to a number of local organizations they have supported over the years:
- Monday, March 9: Homeless Services Center of Santa Cruz
- Tuesday, March 10: Second Harvest Food Bank
- Wednesday, March 11: Teen Kitchen Project
- Thursday, March 12: Cabrillo College Visual, Applied and Performing Arts
- Friday, March 13: Women’s Crisis Support – Defensa de Mujeres
- Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15: Donation will be divided equally among the five groups.
This week, plan to head on down to Manuel’s to help them celebrate the occasion, and support some of these well-deserving charities.
See also: Manuel’s Restaurant Web Site