The Yakima Valley has been down one of its favorite restaurants since early September, but it looks like repairs have started on the roof of the El Porton located at 2512 Main Street in in Union Gap. Since the blaze, fans of Mexican cuisine have been forced to either head to El Porton’s other location on Tieton Drive (4808 Tieton Drive) or one of the other fine restaurants in Yakima (El Mirador, Xochimoilco, El porton De Pepe) to get their cravings filled.

On September 4th, a fire ignited and caused an estimated $1.8 million in damages. The restaurant was open at the time that the fire occurred, but was quickly evacuated with no injuries. The fire took around 90 minutes to extinguish, and needed the aid from about 40 firefighters (Union Gap, Gleed, West Valley, Selah, & Yakima Training Center) to tackle the blaze. For the full story on the fire, click here.

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Well, just before the snow fell, work had begun on the roof of the recently closed down building. You can see the start of a new roof in the pictures below.

El Porton in Union Gap Washington
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El Porton in Union Gap Washington
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When Will El Porton in Union Gap Re-Open?

I reached out to the El Porton on Tieton for any information about the future of the restaurant in Union Gap. One of the employees told me that they are rebuilding the roof, but the time frame due to the weather is still up in the air. They hope to re-open in the summer of 2023.

 

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