Biz Buzz: Recent retirement leaves Denios open for new food vendor

Morenos leave after 40 years at famous Roseville market
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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After 40 years of having the Morenos serve up signature Mexican food, Denios Farmer’s Market and Swap Meet is greeting the family’s retirement with a call to innovative cooks to fill the gap by taking over one of the few restaurant stands that isn’t run by Denios itself.

Moreno’s Mexican Food was a fixture at the popular sell-and-trade gathering hub for as long as most locals can remember. The family decided to retire from the restaurant business in November 2012. According to Denios General Manager Jody Rasmussen, there is now an opening for someone to step in with a new food addition. Denios currently has 25 different food vending stands, though only three are not operated by Denios. The departure of the Morenos opens one of those spots.

“These opportunities don’t come up much,” said Rasmussen. “We look at it as a family-oriented venture. We had one family here for 40 years, and this may be a chance for another family to be here 40 more.”

Denios embraces cultural diversity. Families that specialize in cooking various ethnic foods are encouraged to pitch their ideas. Denios will also consider unique takes on American food.

Applications for the new food stand at Denios closes at the end of February.

“We’re trying to concentrate on finding a family-owned business that will help feed the diverse population that comes here,” Rasmussen said. “There’s quite a bit of variety to people’s tastes at Denios, so Indian, Italian, Mexican and other styles of ethnic food help us meet those needs.”

Those interested in applying to be the new food kid on the block can request the RFP (request for proposal) by emailing      

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