Local Mexican restaurant chain adds another location in West End

Mi Jalisco, a regional chain of Mexican restaurants, recently opened its sixth location with a spot in the West End. (Jack Jacobs)

A regional chain of Mexican restaurants has looked to the West End for its sixth location.

Mi Jalisco Bar and Grill last month opened its newest outpost at 10482 Ridgefield Parkway in Gleneagles Shopping Center, which is in the southwestern area of Henrico County. Italian restaurant Little Venice previously occupied that spot.

Mi Jalisco’s other restaurants are in Ashland, Northside, Ruther Glen, Oilville and Urbanna.

Owner Jesus Mendoza said the new Henrico spot is the chain’s attempt to tap into diners in a new area of town that seems promising.

“It’s good out there,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza said he invested $90,000 to build out the 3,200-square-foot Gleneagles space. Mi Jalisco shares the shopping center with a Crunch Fitness, and restaurants Ciao Capri and Awful Arthur’s, among other tenants.

Business at Mi Jalisco has followed a similar script as other restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic, Mendoza said. In March, the chain’s locations closed their dining rooms, pivoting to curbside takeout and delivery orders. This spring, the restaurants have rolled out limited indoor and outdoor seating, taking advantage of the state’s reopening plan that started in May. Under the ongoing phase two of the plan, restaurants can offer indoor seating at 50 percent capacity.

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