The Mexicano entrance

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the opening day for The Mexicano has been moved to Dec. 9 due to a supply chain issue.

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The creative minds behind popular brunch spot Hash Kitchen, restaurants Sicilian Butcher and Sicilian Baker, have a new endeavor coming to the north Phoenix area: The Mexicano!

Chef Joey Maggiore and his wife Cristina of The Maggiore Group announced on Wednesday their latest concept, The Mexicano, which will be dedicated to a prominent Mexican restaurant experience. The eatery will feature a chef-driven menu with regional flavors, reimagined agave-based cocktails, a curated spirit selection, a social media photo-inducing atmosphere, and a build-your-own Michelada bar!

Food at The Mexicano

Food samples at The Mexicano: Carne Asada Tacos (left), Beef Barbacoa Enchiladas (top right), and Chicken Enchiladas (bottom right).

The Maggiores' plan to open the restaurant, located at the southeast corner of Tatum Boulevard and Cactus Road, is set to open on December 9 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. To celebrate the grand opening, the first 100 customers dining in at The Mexicano will be entered into a contest to win a $1,000 gift card from the Maggiore Group. The gift card can be used at The Mexicano, Hash Kitchen, The Sicilian Butcher, and The Sicilian Baker. Opening week will be solely dinner service, with lunch service beginning the following week.

Elote at The Mexicano

Elote at The Mexicano.

Guests can expect a Mexico City-inspired interior design, rotating DJs featuring Latin music, experiential food, cocktail carts, and more. The Mexicano will mirror Hash Kitchen's energy, but with a fiesta flair. The Maggiore Group has also introduced a mobile churro cart and a donkey cart with a tequila ice luge and shot glasses.

The build-your-own Michelada bar allows guests to mix and match infused tequilas, Mexican draft beers, and over 40 toppings, including oysters, shrimp cocktails, pickled jicama, dry chorizo, tamarindo sticks, and habanero cheese.

Drinks at The Mexicano

Drink samples at The Mexicano: Piñata Margarita (left) and Mexicano 45 (right).

The culinary menu, designed by Chef Joey and Executive Chef de Cuisine Fidencio Alatriste, will focus on honoring the traditions and vibrancy of Mexico. The menu, which ranges from lunch to dinner options, will feature Mexican classics with some contemporary spins. Some menu items include smoking grouper ceviche presented in a coconut shell, lava rock fajitas served on (you guessed it) sizzling lava stones, 36-inch quesadillas (say less), charcoal-grilled prime meats and seafood, and more!

The cocktail program will have selections from tequilas, mezcals, beers, wines, and specialty cocktails like the piñata margaritas, frozen margarita flights, and agave-based cocktails.

For more information and updates on The Mexicano's opening, visit their website here. Or follow their social media channels at @themexicanocomida.


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