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 on Friday March 1.
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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 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.
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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.