Brighton will gain two new Mexican restaurants following the closure of two popular downtown restaurants – The Wooden Spoon and Buon Gusto Bistro.
Acapulco Mexican Grill is preparing to open a new location in the former The Wooden Spoon, a popular bistro that closed earlier this year.
The Lansing-based restaurant has an awning with his logo in front of the building at 675 W. Grand River Ave. draped to announce the new location.
The restaurant offers a large menu of Mexican cuisine, including dozens of taco, enchilada, fajita, and nachos dishes.
They also offer several traditional Mexican foods that are cooked more like Mexico, including Arrachera, Chile Verde, and Tortas, as well as vegetarian options.
The Lansing location also serves beer, wine and cocktails.
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Los Tres Amigos comes to the old Buon Gusto
The Mexican restaurant chain Los Tres Amigos, based in Williamston, will fill the former location of the Buon Gusto Bistro at 501 W. Main Street.
The Howell restaurant location posted updates on a new location in downtown Brighton on October 21 on its Facebook page.
Los Tres Amigos spokesman Javier Verde said Thursday that they aim to open within the next few months if possible.
“There are expansion plans. We are trying to open more locations,” said Verde. “We always wanted to be in Brighton. We did a lot in the Detroit area and are trying to find a way into Detroit.”
He said existing local locations are already receiving customers from neighboring locations, including Brighton and South Lyon.
“The owner is always trying to expand and take customers into account based on the locations they already have.”
He said the restaurant was also working on expanding into Chicago, which would be the first location outside Michigan.
“There are also plans to open a fish and chop house in Okemos and the owners are looking for new types of restaurants.”
Luffy Ramirez, owner of Los Tres Amigos, said Hometown life In January last year he wanted to expand to other locations in the region.
Ramirez said the chefs at the Northville location that opened last January inspired new vegan dishes that would be available in other locations.
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Los Tres Amigos offers a wide variety of Tex-Mex and traditional Mexican cuisine, as well as a selection of margaritas, cocktails, wine and beer.
“Most of our dishes can be adapted to Mexican and we have always adapted our menu to suit everyone. We’re trying to add dishes from places in Mexico that people don’t know. That was popular, ”said Verde.
An example of Mexican cuisine on the menu is tacos de birria with slowly cooked beef, onions, and coriander.
The company was founded in Jackson in 2002. There are currently 16 locations in the state listed on its website.
“We did our typical dishes and then we added vegetarian dishes that the public asked for,” Verde said.
The former location Buon Gusto will be adapted to the theme of the restaurant. Concrete details of how it will look are ironed out.
Other locations are decorated with intricately carved wooden furniture with Mexican art and pictures.
“As a Mexican restaurant, we always try to have a touch of style and decor,” Verde said.
He says there are many challenges to opening a new restaurant amid the pandemic.
“When we open new restaurants, we usually try to bring people together from locations we already have, more experienced staff. Then we hire people on site. We bring employees from sister locations and train people to stay on site. “
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