Matteo’s Mexican Food Joins Downtown Food Line


LAS CRUCES – Downtown Las Cruces acquired a new restaurant last month when Matteo’s Mexican Food officially opened the doors to its second location.

Downtown Matteo opened on Saturday August 14, along South Main Street, between Downtown Blues Coffee and White’s Music Box. Farmers and craft market enthusiasts were among those who helped welcome them.

The restaurant’s first restaurant on University Avenue opened three years ago. Melody Rios, one of the four co-owners, said they plan to open the second location – a former office complex that was to be turned into a restaurant – to open soon after.

However, the city’s permit and the COVID-19 pandemic have delayed plans.

Construction of Matteo's Mexican Food's Main Street location prior to its opening on August 14, 2021.

Despite the delay, Rios said the grand opening was a day they will never forget. And every following Saturday was just as special.

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“It has been overwhelming love and support from our community,” she said.

The Mexican restaurant is at the south end of the market with a patio and umbrellas available outside.

Saturdays are especially busy with market goers who stop to eat or for an aguas frescas to sip while they shop. Matteo’s also offers beef brisket only on Fridays and Saturdays.

Matteo city center is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Their Saturday hours have been extended to meet customer demand from the market.

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The later hours of the weekend also mean that people enjoying the Main Street nightlife have another destination, with The Amador, Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery, The Boneyard Cantina, Rad Retrocade and other restaurants and food trucks from the region.

It’s only been a few weeks since the official opening, but Rios has encouraged patrons to follow the restaurant’s social media pages as “we’re reporting some very exciting news.”

Matteo's Mexican Food location on Main Street opened on August 14, 2021, a few years later than expected.

On behalf of the company, Rios also expressed his thanks for the support of the community and for allowing Matteo to nurture and serve them.

“I always tell them that to eat at Matteo’s is to eat at your grandmother’s or your aunt’s house,” said Rios. “It’s just like eating at home with your loved ones.

Leah Romero is the trendy reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached at 575-418-3442, [email protected] Where @rromero_leah on Twitter.

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