Teddy's in La Quinta has new location and new mural!

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Teddy's in La Quinta has new location and new mural!Teddy's in La Quinta

When you visit the new "Teddy's" on Calle Estado in La Quinta...just a block south of Old Town Village-- not only will you be greeted with a friendly smile and a warm welcom-- but you will notice the striking mural on the east wall!  

Several weeks ago a local artist, Susan Smith Evans was having breakfast at the original Teddy's on Avenida Montezuma-- she had no idea she would soon be working for Teddy! Susan Smith Evans, an artist and now-retired College of the Desert teacher, Evans admired a mural on the wall — a landscape with mountains and a casita. Then she noticed the chips in the paint and missing chunks of plaster.

“I said, ‘I can fix that for you,'” Evans says she told owner Teodoro Zaragoza (Teddy) , 59.

Zaragoza, however, didn't need to have the repairs made because he was closing the shop after 17 years at the same location off Avenida Montezuma. The owner of the adjacent gas station bought the property to expand. Instead, Zaragoza needed a whole new mural for his new restaurant about two blocks away, on Calle Estado behind Old Town La Quinta.

Evans, 64, began working on the mural about two weeks ago. The dining room wall is a surrealistic nod to Zaragoza's childhood and his memories of his hometown in Mexico. Located prominently in the mural is a not-yet-completed cathedral, the kind that routinely dots a traditional Mexican landscape.

“It's not meant to be a historical depiction of Guanajuato, but a flavor,” says Evans, who visited the city's famed mummies 30 years ago but still remembers the mountains and vibrant colors. “My impression of Mexico is that it's very colorful.”

The mural is a work in progress — on purpose — so diners can watch Evans put the finishing strokes on it during lunch and dinner. She expects to have the mural completed today.  

“We thought it would be interesting to see it created,” Evans says.

A drop cloth and work bench have temporarily replaced a booth along the back wall of the restaurant, which opened July 1. Evans pulls paper towels and masking tape — tools of the trade — from a blue, cloth cooler and begins painting in an oversized plant she has already stenciled on the wall.

I had lunch there today and the mural is just beautiful!  Here is a photo of the artist finishing up her work of art at Teddy's!

Teddy's in La Quinta

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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The mural is lovely, how wonderful that Teddy was right there and got a job...I love it when these type of wonderful coincidences happen.  Have a great day. A

Jul 11, 2012 07:13 AM #1
Maria Bradfield
Rancho Mirage, CA

The chicken tostada looks delicious.  It is making me hungry and I am eating lightly today.  We will have to have lunch there one day.


Jul 11, 2012 07:20 AM #2
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

It was so good... and you are on for lunch chica!  K

Jul 11, 2012 07:23 AM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy loved the story about the artist and the mural, but that Lunch Picture stole the show in my book:)))

Jul 11, 2012 10:47 AM #4
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Kathy - Lunch looks so good.  I guess I know where we'll go when I get down to La Quinta, California!

Jul 11, 2012 12:39 PM #5
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

I am telling you-- the food has been good at Teddy's for years!  And now they have this great location!  K

Jul 11, 2012 03:27 PM #6
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