Reynolds Crossing restaurant lands new tenant

Adios, Max y Erma; hola, Plaza Azteca.

A chain of Mexican restaurants based in Hampton Roads is taking over the restaurant space formerly occupied by Max and Erma’s at the Reynolds Crossing development on West Broad Street. Plaza Azteca received its business license this week.

The operator of the former Max and Erma’s at Reynolds Crossing, Cornett Hospitality, was forced out by the landlord after it was unable to renegotiate the lease and racked up about $100,000 in unpaid rent. You can read more about that here.

BizSense was unable to locate the owner of the chain, and Reynolds Development did not return phone calls. Mexican restaurants seem to be thriving lately, especially with the work lunch crowd.

Plaza Azteca has 10 locations in the Tidewater area, one in Williamsburg, and their first Richmond area location at Westchester Commons is being built out. They are planning to open a location at Towne Center West in Short Pump and are expected to be open there in the fall, according to the Times-Dispatch.

Plaza Azteca has a loyal following in Hampton Roads. The restaurant’s staff wheels around a metal food cart packed with avocadoes, onions and jalapenos and makes guacamole tableside.

They will have plenty of competition, as two more Mexican restaurants received licenses in Henrico this week.

El Potrillo Mexican Restaurant is opening at 2204 E. Laburnum Ave., which was formerly a Pizza Hut. Rico’s Mexican Grill is coming to the shopping center at 11321 Old Nuckols Road.

Al Harris covers the restaurant industry for BizSense. Please send news tips to Al (at) richmondbizsense.com.


Adios, Max y Erma; hola, Plaza Azteca.

A chain of Mexican restaurants based in Hampton Roads is taking over the restaurant space formerly occupied by Max and Erma’s at the Reynolds Crossing development on West Broad Street. Plaza Azteca received its business license this week.

The operator of the former Max and Erma’s at Reynolds Crossing, Cornett Hospitality, was forced out by the landlord after it was unable to renegotiate the lease and racked up about $100,000 in unpaid rent. You can read more about that here.

BizSense was unable to locate the owner of the chain, and Reynolds Development did not return phone calls. Mexican restaurants seem to be thriving lately, especially with the work lunch crowd.

Plaza Azteca has 10 locations in the Tidewater area, one in Williamsburg, and their first Richmond area location at Westchester Commons is being built out. They are planning to open a location at Towne Center West in Short Pump and are expected to be open there in the fall, according to the Times-Dispatch.

Plaza Azteca has a loyal following in Hampton Roads. The restaurant’s staff wheels around a metal food cart packed with avocadoes, onions and jalapenos and makes guacamole tableside.

They will have plenty of competition, as two more Mexican restaurants received licenses in Henrico this week.

El Potrillo Mexican Restaurant is opening at 2204 E. Laburnum Ave., which was formerly a Pizza Hut. Rico’s Mexican Grill is coming to the shopping center at 11321 Old Nuckols Road.

Al Harris covers the restaurant industry for BizSense. Please send news tips to Al (at) richmondbizsense.com.


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Southside
Southside
12 years ago

Good Grief, another Mexican restaurant?!? Wow.

james
james
12 years ago

They missed a second Mexican restaurant opening in the same shopping center as Rico’s. Gettin to be too many of them.

Ben
Ben
11 years ago

I’ve eaten @ the Azteca Plaza in Williamsburg on many occasions. I can tell you now that Azteca is a cut above anything that’s currently here in Richmond when it comes to a Mexican Restaurant. So long as they can get the same quality of people they have working at the Williamsburg location; I believe the people in Richmond will this to be a real treat.

Jennifer
Jennifer
11 years ago

I recently had lunch at the new location in Richmond. Since I moved here from NYC, I’ve been searching for a decent Mexican restaurant. This one is pretty good. Much better than the other four in Richmond that I have tried. Finally, a Mexican restaurant that makes fresh guacamole!