Taste of Tradition at Churrería El Moro

In Architecture & Design by Isabella Moreno

Churrería El Moro was founded in 1935 by Francisco Iriarte, a native of Elizondo, Spain in the Valley of Baztán. The name of churrería comes from the experience of Francisco in one of the Spanish festivities at the villages, where an Arab known as “The Moro” sold churros from village to village in a small car.

In 1933 this store had a very similar beginning as the one of the Arabic person in Spain. When Francisco Iriarte reached Mexico and saw that churros were not sold, he installed an identical small car in Mexico’s Downtown. Little by little it gained popularity and thanks to this success he was able to install the first store in the district San Juan Letran during the year 1935. Since then, the Churrería has seen through its doors all kinds of characters and great personalities such as Cantinflas and intellectuals and politicians like Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz, Jacobo Zabludovsky and Cuauhtemoc Cardenas. Francisco died very young and it was then that his three brothers (José, Santiago and Ignacio) came to Mexico to take care of the business. It was so that the churrería has been owned from generation to generation to become one of the most traditional places in the Mexican capital.

Today there are three locations in the city; the newest took a contemporary image under the office of Ignacio Cadena and La Metropolitana. To learn more about the project, go and enjoy a churro at the Rio Lerma Street, number 167 at the Cuauhtémoc District, and take a good look at its new image.


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