A Glen Allen Mexican restaurant is headed downtown.
Nuevo Mexico is set to open its third location at 9 N. Fourth St. Its other two restaurants are on Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen and in the Shops at Stony Point.
Owner Raul Garcia said the downtown spot should by ready by May 15.
“I drove by here and thought, ‘There’s no reason why this shouldn’t be a restaurant,” Garcia said. “We’ll be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, but we expect most of the business to come from the lunch crowd.”
Garcia said he leased the space about three months ago and has spent most of his time since then painting and hauling in new furniture and equipment.
He invested about $60,000 to renovate the restaurant. He’s said he’s financing part of the project with a loan from EVB.
“There was a restaurant here already, so that made it less expensive than it could have been,” Garcia said. “That’s one of the reasons we wanted a business here.”
The 2,100-square-foot space was previously home to Times Square, a diner that opened in July but closed only months later. Before that, it was home to Bill’s Barbecue, which last year closed all of its locations after eight decades in business.
Garcia said the menu, which includes items such as fajitas, enchiladas and quesadillas, would be similar to the other two Nuevo Mexico locations but slightly smaller.
Garcia has about 20 years of experience in the industry. He operated several restaurants with his family before branching out on his own six years ago to open Nuevo Mexico.