As State Street becomes dominated by more and more national and international chains, it is going to be difficult for local businesses to thrive. The restaurant industry is not immune to this phenomenon. Casa De Lara, 341 State Street, has received mixed reviews, but the restaurant’s existence alone proves its success.

Located on the corner of State and Gorham and situated on the second floor, the restaurant is pleasantly distant from the ground level of State Street. The color scheme of peach, taupe and brown creates a southwestern atmosphere. Mexican dí