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MAROA — Jalisco Mexican Bar and Grill, the area’s newest Mexican restaurant, opened this week in Maroa.

Jalisco’s owner allowed customers and staff the opportunity to meet each other through a "soft" opening without any fanfare at the restaurant, which is at 109 W. Main St. 

“And to get everyone accustomed to us,” said owner Ramon Mata Jr.

The restaurant is now open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and a grand opening is planned for a later date.

Jalisco is named after a state in Mexico from which Mata’s family came. Mata has experience in the restaurant business, having owned establishments in Lincoln, Taylorville, Auburn and Springfield. He said he saw potential for a restaurant next door to Full House Craft Beer and Gaming Lounge in Maroa.

“Since he doesn’t sell food, we are thinking about helping each other out,” Mata said.

In just a few days, the restaurant has had a positive response from the public, he said. The open dining room seats about 125 people with about eight to 10 more seats available at the bar.

Specialties include the large Burrito Loco and the Fajitas Jalisco.

“It is a skillet with chicken, steak, onion, peppers, chorizo, and we add a ribeye steak on top and three shrimps," he said of the Fajitas Jalisco.

Traditional Mexican cuisine is also served, including a variety of burritos, quesadillas and fajitas.

“We tweaked them a little bit,” Mata said. “We integrate a bit of a difference.”

The menu also has vegetarian options, including a spinach quesadilla and a veggie burrito. Lunch combos are available before 3 p.m.

Drinks are also a Jalisco specialty with a variety of margaritas, including chocolate.

“We try to make the menu as unique as possible,” Mata said.

To learn more about Jalisco’s or to make a reservation, call (217) 794-2800. A Facebook page will be available soon, Mata said.


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Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR

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