It certainly was worth the wait.
The new Casa Fiesta held its grand opening Monday night and packed the house for the Norwalk Area-Huron County Chamber of Commerce event and ribbon-cutting.
The restaurant officially opened to the public today.
Owner Ramon Ornelas was thrilled with his new restaurant, located in the old Ponderosa building on Milan Avenue.
"Actually, this is what I had in mind for a long time," Ornelas said. "Great people in Norwalk. I am paying back the people."
The old restaurant, located farther south on Milan Avenue next to Vargo's, simply ran out of room for the expanding business. "We were very happy there for seven years," Ornelas said.
The new restaurant can seat 235 people, compared to 140 in the old one.
"This was my plan," he said. "It's better than what I though. There were a lot of heartaches, but we got it."
The restaurant includes an outside patio and bar. "This is the real thing," Ornelas said. "You won't see anything like this around."
"I thought it was beautiful," Chamber Executive Director Melissa James said. "There is a lot of activity out there at Norwalk Commons. I think when you get a gem like this, it will start sparking other folks to make the move.
"One of the guys said to me when you walk in it feels like walking into a resort in Cancun," James continued. "They have paid so much time to detail. They have added a lot of choices to their menu. The community that came out last night was just thrilled with what Ramone and his staff have done."