5 New Mexican Restaurants Coming to Southwest Florida

Five new Mexican restaurants won’t be ready for Cinco de Mayo this week but are coming soon to southwest Florida.

El Nido is set to open Monday at Coconut Point in Estero, Uncle Julio shot to start this summer at the Coastland Center in Naples, and The 1942 Mexican Grill plans to launch this year off US 41 north of Naples. These are all new dining concepts in the area.

Tacos & Tequila Cantina also plans to open its fourth location in the area before the end of this month at The Pointe in Founders Square on the southeast corner of Collier Boulevard and Immokalee Road. The new site was targeted for the opening of this week’s Cinco de Mayo festivities, but its construction was not completed in time. T&T, a member of the Hoffmann family family The companies, also have locations in East Naples, North Naples and Estero.

local il that toLaunched as a local food truck in 2017, it plans to bring Mexican street food to The Causeway, and will soon open at Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs. The food truck already stops frequently there in the parking lot but El Local will have a permanent space inside Food Hall when it opens. Earlier this year, El Local launched its first brick-and-mortar location on US 41 in San Carlos Park. Alan Romero and his wife Neva use the same recipes as the Pastor family and Carne Asada tacos that Romero makes. Parents, grandparents and other family members have worked for 30 years at the famous Maria’s Restaurant, also at Old 41 in Bonita.

Owned and operated by local restaurants Joe and Donna Sofia, El Nido, a modern Mexican restaurant, will have a menu that blends Latin American fare, classic Mexican food, high-quality tequila, and single-origin Latin American coffee. The 5,000-square-foot space will include an indoor/outdoor bar for 220 guests and a private room for special occasions. It will serve lunch and dinnerdaily r next door to SophiaAnother restaurant from a long time ago, South Fork Grille. El Nido, in Spanish for The Nest, moves into the long-vacated space that was once home Meridi Brasserie and American Gastropopor TAG.

In Naples, Uncle Julio is under construction and It is scheduled to open this summer in Free-standing building along US 41 near the new CMX Synpistro In the northwest corner of Costaland Center Mall properties. The 11,500-square-foot restaurant and bar will feature an abundance of al fresco dining. Uncle Julio’s lunch and dinner menu is particularly famous for its mesquite grilled meat, Swirl Margaritas and chocolate piñata. that it Made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine is from Dallas-based chain Tex-Mex It has more than 35 locations in 12 states, including another in Florida at Icon Park in Orlando.

Meanwhile, the 1942 Mexican Grill is ending its complete renovation of The Wiggins Pass Crossing end unit that previously hosted the Broken Watch sports bar, The Palate Restaurant & Bar, Beach Tavern, IIWII Beach Bar & Grille, Mr. Jerry’s Tavern Near the southeast corner of US 41 and Wiggins Pass. Jose Reyes, the owner of 1942, said he plans to take his family on their annual two-month trip to Mexico this summer, but that he will open his new restaurant in north Naples as soon as they return.

Lamps and other decorations Customized in Mexico for amA fine Mexican fine dining experience that includes street tacos and multiple flavors of Margaritas.And the Reyes said. “Everything from our décor to our paint is unique,” he said. “Our menu will be different from the typical Mexican restaurant you see here. It will be unique to Naples.”

Reyes andPermanent partners operate more than 25 restaurants with DrVarious names and concepts throughout Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina. “This is our first one in FloridaHe said, but noted that he plans similar Mexican restaurants in Fort Myers and two others in the Naples area.

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