New restaurant moving into former KFC building in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD – After being vacant for a decade, construction is underway inside the old KFC building along Highway 10 east of St. Cloud.

Marcos Gomez Properties XVIII, LLC has owned the building since January 2021.

Gomez says he rented the property to a South Dakota family who plans to open a Mexican restaurant there.

Photo by Jim Maurice from

Photo by Jim Maurice from

There is a sign in the front window that says “coming soon Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurant”.

Gomez says it will be at least six months before they can open. Community Development Director of St Cloud Matt Glaesman says they haven’t applied for a permit yet.

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Photo by Jim Maurice from

From next October, it will be 10 years since KFC closed at 625 Highway 10 east. Saint Cloud

Gomez also co-owns El Loro Mexican restaurants in Waite Park and Sauk Rapids. He also purchased the former John Dough’s Pizza building on Benton Drive in Sauk Rapids. He says the lease he had with a couple to open a barbecue there fell through, so he’s still looking for a tenant to take over the space.

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