Veleros, Mi Sueño, Flako’s Tacos and Greco Nut and Candy open; Big N Little Shoes and Chick & Shake close by

Toppings include coconut rice, plantain rice, Mexican rice, refried beans, frijoles charros, fried plantains and avocado slices.

There are salads, soups like seven fish soup and desserts like tres leches, flan and churros with ice cream.

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Veleros Restaurant and Cantina on US 41 in Schererville is now Mi Sueño Upscale Mexican Cuisine & Cocktails.

The large restaurant in the space previously occupied by El Portal Mexican Grill and Don Pedro Restaurant at 7840 Wicker Ave. reopened with a new name and branding last month. Owned by Sam Cervantes and his family, it is now called My Dream and features the kitchen of Chef Cristian Orozco, a Guatemalan chef who has cooked at Michelin-starred restaurants in Chicago such as Acadia, Tzuco and North Pond.

General manager Salvador Juarez said Veleros became Mi Sueño after Cervantes bought out his other partners.

“It’s a new chef and new but the same food,” he said. “We’re adding new food items and more cocktails.”

Billing itself as “the hidden gem of Northwest Indiana,” it offers many favorites from the Veleros menu, including Langosta & Shrimp, Chapuzon, Mariscada and Camarones al mojo de Ajo or a la Diabla. But there are also unique entrees like carne asada, tomahawk steaks and fajitas with a choice of grilled steak, chicken, shrimp or sautéed vegetables.

Taco options include al pastor, cochinita pibil, roast chicken, steak, carnitas, barbacoa, vegetarian panela, diablito, langosta, and beer-battered Mahi Mahi.

Entrees include guacamole, pineapple guacamole, trio guacamole, aguachile verde, queso fundido, grilled octopus, cervicé, calamari and cervicé mix with dried tiger shrimp, Spanish octopus and Mahi Mahi. It also has elegantly plated taquitos dorados, which are arranged as a plus sign.

The restaurant also offers catering and banquets. The bar offers an extensive menu of beer, wine and cocktails such as the Golden Margarita, Tropical Colada, Tequila and My Dream, which includes Montelobos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes liqueur, fresh lime and pineapple.

The new owners are planning events, such as special Día de Muertos menus all day Wednesday and Thursday. It will host a tequila tasting on Nov. 15 and a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23. There are frequent chef specials and weekly promotions, such as half-off margaritas on Wednesdays and bottles of wine on Fridays.

For more information, call 219-627-3971 or visit

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Flako’s Tacos has taken over the former Mi Tierra location at Griffith-Merrillville Airport, a mainstay that Jesus “Don Chuy” Toledo founded more than 20 years ago.

Touting “the flavors of Los Angeles with a Midwestern twist,” Flako’s Tacos now has locations at 4302 Indianapolis Blvd. in East Chicago and 1705 E. Main St. in Griffith.

Founded by a Los Angeles resident, it offers Los Angeles-style tacos with your choice of meat, cilantro, onion and signature avocado salsa on house-made corn tortillas. The “don’t trip, just dip” restaurant also offers taco biriya and cheese tacos with dipping sauce.

Entrees include taquitos, elote, Hot Cheeto Elote and Flako’s Fries with steak, melted mozzarella cheese and avocado salsa. The menu also includes burritos, tortas, quesadillas, LA quesadillas, a fried quesadilla, mullitas, biriya ramen combo, dessert nachos and a concha ice cream sandwich.

The Mexican restaurant has a food truck and offers catering, including block tables for corporate events.

For more information, visit or call 219-922-3633.

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