Washington restaurant surprised by $1,000 Christmas tip as it tries to survive pandemic

The $1,000 tip buoyed spirits at El Toreador Mexican Restaurant, which has been hanging on since the start of the pandemic.

REDMOND, Wash. — For 40 years, a Mexican restaurant has thrived in downtown Redmond – well before Microsoft and nearby luxury apartments sprouted up. 

“This was like a horse town. I’ve seen horses go by the front of this restaurant,” said Mark Mahan, one of the owners of El Toreador Mexican Restaurant.

Mahan’s mother, a Mexican immigrant, opened the business in 1979. Today,  they’re in the same building using the same recipes. Eight months into a global pandemic and they’re still holding on.

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