There are a million enchiladas in the big city, a fact that is not lost on Juan Guerrero.
So a year ago, when the restaurateur opened his Old Mexico eatery in Redondo Beach, he cannily hedged his bet.
Music, Guerrero and his partner figured, would be the key to their restaurant's success: mariachi music during the Sunday dinner hour.
Little did Guerrero suspect that those jaunty trumpets, bright guitars and lilting violins would land him in the proverbial soup. This week, the City Council told him he would have to tone down the music or face revocation of his entertainment permit.
The problem, according to Sheila Schoettger, the city's harbor director, is that trumpet music tends to carry. And the residents of the condominiums and apartments near the International Boardwalk, where Old Mexico is situated, complained that the revelry was carrying on far into the night.