Former La Grotta space reopens this week as Mijas

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A Shockoe Bottom restaurateur is ready to spice up the Slip.

Mijas, a Mexican eatery from local restaurant owner Carlos Londoño, is set to open at 1218 E. Cary St. on Friday, Feb. 3.

The 4,500-square-foot space was previously home to Italian restaurant La Grotta, which moved out last summer after 22 years in the Slip in favor of new digs in the Miller & Rhoads building at 529 E. Broad St.

Mijas – a play on the Spanish words “mis” and “hijas,” which means my daughters – is a tribute to Londoño’s children, Sofia, 8, and Viviana, 3, along with his Colombian roots.

Since announcing his newest restaurant venture, Londoño said he has invested about $300,000 of his capital into the 158-seat establishment.

Londoño, who for six years has also owned Margarita’s Cantina at 103 N. 18th St., said Mijas will offer some creative Latin American dishes ranging from duck breast tacos to chorizo mac & cheese balls, in addition to Colombian and Cuban dishes.

It will serve the lunch and dinner crowds, hoping to tap into surrounding businesses and convention visitors.

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Chris Terrell

Best of luck on your new venture! When I was downtown the best Mexican option was Cafe Ole if you didn’t have the time or inclination to go East of 14th St. Your restaurant of course is 180 degrees different from what Cafe Ole does, sure seems like there would be a place for that in The Slip. To Richmond BizSense, love what you are doing with the multiple pictures, more of that please!