La Hacienda Real, a popular Mexican restaurant in Keizer, painted their restaurant in bright oranges and reds, only to find out the colors were too rich for city code. They repainted this week. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

A popular Mexican restaurant recently repainted with vibrant colors.

Too vibrant, it seems. After several complaints, the city of Keizer’s community development department ordered that La Hacienda Real on River Road be repainted. [MAP: 1]

Painters were outside the building last weekend and into this week toning down the bright orange and red..
Marco Garcia, the restaurant’s manager, said all three of its Salem-area locations were repainted, including Keizer’s.

But Garcia isn’t upset about the issue.

“That’s fine,” he said.

The city’s code allows the trim to be painted just about whatever color you like, but 75 percent of the building must be “a fairly muted, earth-tone kind of color,” said Community Development Director Nate Brown.

City code calls for a color saturation level of less than 20 percent. Brown’s department has a small machine that can determine color saturation, he said.

“You basically push the button … and it tells you the rating,” Brown said.