Fiesta Guadalajara reopens

Fiesta Guadalajara opens its doors Friday at Seventh Street and North Avenue, offering a wide range of food with a colorful atmosphere. The expanded space - now at 8,900 square feet - seats 200 and features a patio, an upstairs banquet hall and a bar area.

A Grand Junction Mexican restaurant that tore down its home to build a larger, fancier restaurant, opens back up for business today.

Fiesta Guadalajara, 710 North Ave., on the corner of North Avenue and Seventh Street, shines inside and out. That includes the large, sun-shaped art on the building’s exterior.

“It’s a whole new atmosphere,” said David Ortiz, who owns the business with Salvador Sanchez. “It has an open layout, so people will be way more comfortable.”

The new 8,900-square-foot, stucco-facade restaurant replaces the former 5,000-square-foot building. The makeover includes a patio for dining, a banquet hall upstairs and a bar area.

Ortiz said all of the brightly colored art inside came from Mexico, and some of the former brightly colored chairs the restaurant was known for are still being used.

However, diners may be relieved that the menu items have not changed.

“We’re giving people the same service and quality food,” Ortiz said. “We try not to make changes, because we’ve been pretty successful with the menu items.”

The new restaurant can seat about 200 people, and 25 employees are on staff, but more are in the process of being hired, he said. Design Specialists, the Grand Junction architectural firm hired for the project, said it received positive responses from city leaders about the restaurant’s design and its aesthetic enhancement to the busy intersection area.

“We got a letter from the city planner saying it was absolutely gorgeous, and they were happy to have something nice on North Avenue,” said the firm’s principal architect, Rob Rowlands. “The owners are tickled pink.”


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