I don’t know a lot of Spanish, just a few words. I can count to 10, and I know a couple of phrases that really have no gentlemanly value to them, but I have been known to say an enthusiastic, uno mas margarita, por favor! on occasion.
When I heard the news from our friends at the city of Tempe that Loco Patron is coming to Mill Avenue, I thought, muy bueno!
From the press release, I read that Loco Patron has leased nearly 5000 square feet of space on the ground floor of the Tempe Gateway building. Yep, the very same building where Allstate Insurance recently announced plans to take up shop. Sounds a bit ironic, doesn’t it? You know what else sounds ironic? Waste Management is moving into the same building. Waste Management and Tequila? There has to be a joke in there somewhere, right?
Being a past recipient of multiple “best of” awards for their margaritas, I think Loco Patron will fit in just fine on Mill Avenue. Being a Margarita fan, I’m certainly willing to give them a try.
“Loco Patron will take over an ideal southeast-facing location in the eight-story, 260,000-square-foot Tempe Gateway building at the corner of Third and Mill, adjacent to the Tempe Light Rail stop. The restaurant will feature a sports bar as well as a patio bar where customers will be able to enjoy Loco Patron’s award-winning cocktails and Mexican fare.” – City of Tempe
How cool is this location for a Margarita joint? Seriously, it’s a few feet from the light rail station on Mill Avenue at the northwestern corner of Mill and Third Streets. Pretty cool.
For the past several years, there has been somewhat of a void between the lake and the Mill Avenue District. With this year’s re-opening of the Hayden Flour Mill where we will see special events, and with the new outdoor patio and bar coming to Monti’s in the near future, the “transition” between the lake and Mill is getting better and better.
With a projected opening of “early Fall 2012” for Loco Patron, along with a new bar / patio at the Casa Vieja, Canteen Modern Tequila, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, and Restaurant Mexico all rockin’ Mill Avenue, I think it’s a good time to say… “uno mas margarita, por favor!”