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Popular Tucson Mexican Restaurant Opening New Location

Greyson F


Tucson restaurants have started to expand outward in recent years. The restaurant scene in the city itself has been thick with competition, but as the metro population of Tucson begins to push out of the city center, so too are the restaurants. 

Oro Valley has been the main target of restaurants pushing further out into the greater Tucson metro area. If you haven’t driven through Oro Valley in the last few months you might be surprised as to how many new restaurants have popped up, many seemingly overnight. Well, that push North and West has seen some continuation, all the way out into Marana. And for residents of the city, there’s good news, because a popular Tucson restaurant is setting up shop right in the heart of the city. 

Guadalajara’s is a Tucson staple. It’s one of the best-known Mexican restaurants in the city with several locations. From the large bar to the table-side salsa making, it is a favorite of not only locals but of many visitors to Tucson as it’s large and easily identified when compared to some of the smaller Mexican food joints in town. 

The brand new Guadalaraj’s will move into the former home of the Village Inn in Marana, which is excellent for this spot in town as the Village Inn has been closed for some time. This will be the fifth Guadalara’s to open, and it will be hugging the I-10, so you will have one final stopping option before making the trek up to Phoenix. 

Owner Seth Holzman launched the first location with his former wife nearly two decades ago back in 2002 (the North Campbell and East Prince Road location). Two of the current restaurants are owned by his ex while this will be the third restaurant opened by Seth. 

The new location in Marana will be the smallest of the five, although that doesn’t mean it is tiny. It will be able to seat up to 175 patrons (at full capacity, whenever that potential returns). The largest variation of the Guadalajara restaurant is the 750 N. Kolb Road location, which can sit up to 285. 

The restaurant will offer some unique menu items you will not find at the other locations. This includes a new brunch, that runs from 9 AM unto noon on Monday through Saturdays. The brunch will extend to 2 PM on Sundays. The brunch menu will include a tableside bloody mary service, plus egg skillets, breakfast paella, churro waffles, and several additions. Then, in the evening hours, a margarita fountain will be added. As Seth Holzman put it, this will be like a chocolate fountain, only with margaritas. But don’t worry about cleanliness. The margarita fountain will be served tableside, so you won’t be sharing fountains with other tables. 

Renovations to transform the former Village Inn into Guadalajra’s shouldn’t take long. While the decor will need to be updated to fit the same esthetic, the kitchen will not need to be upgraded at all. This is one of the reasons why there will be some additional breakfast offerings here, because the Village Inn specialized in some breakfast menu items, and so when the restaurant shut down it left behind a number of these restaurant preparation items. 

If you are interested in applying for a job at the new location you can visit the website at ggrill.com, or you can stop by the new Marana location on May 12 from 10 AM until 5 PM where there will be an in-person job fair. 

No opening dates are yet announced, but it shouldn’t be long after the job fair, so look for this Marana location to begin serving patrons sometime in late May or early June. 

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