There will soon be new life at the former Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant 14 months after the eatery unexpectedly shut its doors.
The vacant property in a prime location at 2420 N. Fairfield Road near the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek has a new tenant: El Toro Mexican Bar & Grill.
“We have a signed lease, and we take possession today,” Robert Zavakos, real estate broker for El Toro and senior vice president of NAI Bergman, a commercial real estate firm, told this news outlet this morning, Friday March 1.
Plans call for El Toro to keep its restaurant at 1375 N. Fairfield Road open, Zavakos said. State records show El Toro Mexican Bar & Grill applied for a full liquor license this week for the space.
El Toro has been aggressively expanding its footprint throughout the Dayton area, including most recently the January 2019 opening of a new restaurant on South Main Street in south Centerville, the locally based chain’s 13th location.
El Toro is also putting the finishing touches of its newest restaurant at 2022 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, in space formerly occupied by TGI Fridays near the Dayton Mall. El Toro officials have said they will shut down their restaurant at 2335 Miamisburg-Centerville Road when the new eatery opens a few blocks away.
Abuelo’s had operated for more than 13 years at the North Fairfield address, and its closure came as a surprise to its fans. At the time, it was the second high-profile closing of a Mexican restaurant along the North Fairfield Road strip. The Don Pablo’s Tex-Mex restaurant at 2745 Fairfield Commons Blvd. in front of the Fairfield Commons Mall closed its doors for good in September 2016. A new Black Rock Grill is coming to that location.
>> Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant shuts down abruptly (January 2018)
Both the Abuelo’s and Don Pablo’s closings occurred after the December 2015 opening of Chuy’s, the large Tex-Mex restaurant in front of the Fairfield Commons main entrance.