Opening of a new Mexican restaurant in Stamford
STAMFORD, CT – Puerto Vallarta, a family-run Mexican restaurant with seven other Connecticut locations, will open in Stamford in the spring of 2022.
The new location will be located at 230, boul. Braid. and Stamford town center, next to Capital Grille in the same building where Mitchell’s Fish Market and later Rascal Flatts were located. The restaurant will be 7,500 square feet in size and can accommodate at least 200 people.
Owner Esaul Rodriguez has had an eye on Stamford for several years. He said he was excited to join the community and share the cuisine of his hometown of Unión de Tula, Jalisco, Mexico.
“I’m very excited,” Rodriguez told Patch. “It’s been my dream for 15 years to go to this neighborhood, and finally it happened … It will be a very nice restaurant. We have a theater designer working there, and we are really working to make a splash. and make sure people are really happy all over the area there. “
The hope is to open by April 2022, but with global supply chain issues, Rodriguez said the timeline could change.
Described as contemporary and modern yet authentic, most of the menu will be similar to other Puerto Vallarta locations in Newington, Middletown, Southington, Avon, Orange, Fairfield, and Danbury. But part of the menu will be unique to Stamford, Rodriguez said.
Specialties include beef, chicken and seafood dishes and many other classic selections like a variety of sizzling fajitas, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, tacos and salads. The dishes are personalized with secret family sauces.
Customers can expect a wide menu selection and large portions. A children’s menu will be offered with smaller portions, lower prices and sweeter flavors.
Puerto Vallarta also offers a wide range of drink specials and a great selection of tequila and frozen drinks.
Rodriguez arrived in the United States in 1989 from Mexico at the age of 16 with only $ 6 to his name and spoke no English. He worked for his uncle, who owned several restaurants in the Seattle, Washington area.
After learning the ins and outs of the business and holding various positions, Rodriguez opened his own restaurant in Oregon in 1991.
After several years in a rural part of Oregon, Rodriguez decided to take his cuisine east for new opportunities. He researched a local library and toured Connecticut.
In 1999, Rodriguez opened a restaurant in West Hartford Center. More than 20 years later, it will now have eight sites. He finally wants to settle in New York.
“Mexican food and culture is a party. When someone comes to your house, you always offer food. It’s part of who you are, it’s part of your DNA,” Rodriguez said. “For me, food isn’t just something to eat. It’s something to celebrate and have a good time with and party with.”
For more information, visit the Puerto Vallarta website.