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La Principal, the new Mexican restaurant on Main Street in Evanston from the owners of Lucky Platter, opens for dinner service this evening at 5:30.

The restaurant, in the space at Main and Custer long occupied by Lupitas, will feature a simple menu of Mexican street food with a contemporary flair, says co-owner Derek Gaspar.

There’ll be tacos and tortas, sandwiches on bread from Hewn bakery, along with pozoli or Mexican stew and other dishes.

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The restaurant will also have 10 beers on tap, most of them local, and a bar serving signature cocktails and other mixed drinks.

Customers at the walk-up coffee window on the Custer side of the buiding Monday morning.

One feature of the new business — a walk-up window on Custer Street serving Mexican coffee drinks and churros, a donut-like deep-fried pastry rolled in cinnamon sugar to morning commuters — has already been open for a couple of weeks.

Gaspar and his partner Eric Young plan to add lunch service at La Principal later on.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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