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Israel and Blanca Reynoso have applied to put three kitchens, outdoor eating area downtown

GRAPHIC COURTESY OF BLANCA REYNOSO - Israel and Blanca Reynoso are planning a food court for what is now Sunshine Corner in Madras. BLRB Architects' drawing shows restrooms to the left, with three kitchens, the rightmost that will be allowed to sell beer, and tables, including two with heaters down the center. The city of Madras has approved the plans, and the couple is now waiting for approval from Jefferson County. They hope to start construction in early 2020.Israel and Blanca Reynoso are planning to bring new food choices to Madras at the corner of D Street and Highway 97.

The lot, labeled Sunshine Corner, will be home to three kitchens and outdoor eating space, probably with the name Reynoso Food Carts, Blanca Reynoso said.

The city has approved the plans, so the couple, who own Reynoso Jewelry, are waiting on the county before they can start construction.

"We're excited," Blanca Reynoso said.

"We want to make it diverse," she said. "There have been a lot of people approaching us." They will rent out the kitchens, and they're hoping for one to feature American food, another Mexican and the final one something yet to be determined. One will be able to sell beer as well as food, she said.

We want to make it diverse. There have been a lot of people approaching us.

"Food carts" is a bit of a misnomer. The plans are for a stationary building with three separate buildings, as well as restrooms.

That wasn't the original plan.

First they thought about food trucks, but pulling them in and out of the lot didn't seem practical. Next were separate buildings.

"We visualized three little houses," Blanca Reynoso said. But when she saw it, she thought they looked like sheds.

Then an architect drew up the current plans, which include an open area with steel beams and several tables, two of which will have heaters in the center.

Blanca Reynoso said her husband was hoping to have the food court open before the end of the year, but now they hope to open early in 2020.

"I just hope that we get the right kind of foods that people like," Blanca Reynoso said. She wants the food to be specialized and high quality.

She expects First Thursday crowds to help draw new visitors.

"I think one of the main things that we saw ... is the amount of people that come to that First Thursday," she said. She organized food options for the events, which ran through the summer, and she is excited about the possibilities for the permanent structure.

She said the couple bought the lot in 1998, and they wanted to create a source of income for their future.

She said the Madras Redevelopment Commission has been helping with the project. She is a member but has recused herself from any decisions on the project.

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