Tacos Los Altos owner

Tacos Los Altos owner Alejandra Mojica sits outside her restaurant, which just opened its expanded dining area, in downtown Hillsborough.

Squeezed between a couple of shops in a row on King Street in downtown Hillsborough, the tiny Tacos Los Altos just managed to get a little bit bigger. The popular Mexican restaurant just opened an expanded dining area and is waiting on the Orange County Health Department to give it the OK to increase its dining limits.

Tacos Los Altos’ owner, Alejandra Mojica, said the restaurant, which opened in March 2017, has suffered as a result of the pandemic, but has continued to stay afloat thanks to its to-go business. It started as a food truck before opening the brick-and-mortar location. The food truck sets up in a lot at 241 Old N.C. 86 and, except for rainy days, often has a line of socially distanced regular customers.

The owner applied for and received funding from the Federal Paycheck Protection Program. Their staff is small, so layoffs were not an issue. She does hope to eventually add to staff.

Mojica said she loves the location and the neighbors. She’s particularly excited about the recent opening of the Colonial Inn. “I think there will be more people walking by, so there will probably be more people coming here to try our food.”

Mojica said she isn’t planning to add any more locations of the restaurant, but she hopes some day to open a Mexican store with groceries and other ingredients.

Tacos Los Altos is at 126 W. King Street in Hillsborough.