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Las Marias: Grand Valley Mexican favorite gets business boost on Main Street

Las Marias Mexican restaurant's new location near the Avalon Theatre in downtown Grand Junction hosts more seating than its former location in Orchard Mesa.
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WHAT: Las Marias Mexican restaurant

WHERE: 118 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction

INFO: 970-241-2398

With several groups of three or four piling in, Las Marias owner Maria Maestas quickly greets her guests, some by name, and relays several margarita orders to the bar.

“I’m good with names,” Maestas says.

Las Marias, a Mexican restaurant formerly found in Orchard Mesa, recently moved downtown — 118 S. Seventh St., formerly the Tenacious Brothers spot located by the Avalon Theatre. According to Maestas, she’s seeing lots of regulars from their old spot along with new faces since the move.



As for remembering names, “That’s one of the things I like the girls to do,” Maestas said about her employees welcoming a returning customer base.

The restaurant first opened on North Avenue in 2007, and after 14 months, moved to their former location in Orchard Mesa. After a few years, “we outgrew the place,” Maestas said.



“We’ve done really well,” Maestas said about their recent move downtown. Business has boomed since they changed locations and it took the staff, including some new hires, a couple weeks to acclimate to the increased amount of customers.

“It’s like rearranging the furniture (in your house) and getting up in the middle of the night,” Maestas said. With twice the space and heightened exposure, she says “it’s a good problem to have.”

Aside from her recommendations for first-timers of carne asada, chicken fajitas and pork with green chile, Las Marias offers a wide selection of traditional tacos along with specialty ones with beef tongue, tripe and cactus.

Aside from traditional dinner items like chile rellenos and chimichangas, they also have a diverse seafood menu with lots of shrimp dishes, crab and even octopus.

Maestas takes pride in offering both Mexican and American breakfast, which starts at 6 a.m. The restaurant’s morning menu, which contains everything from “biscuits and gravy all the way to huevos rancheros,” according to Maestas, features staple Mexican dishes like breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros and menudo on the weekends. It also has American dishes comparable to a traditional breakfast diner with bacon, sausage, French toast, and steak and eggs.

Maestas says the restaurant has no problem accommodating vegetarians, vegans and people with gluten allergies.

Las Marias is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. They close at 3 p.m. on Sundays and are closed all day on Mondays.

“It’s really nice, I like having all the locals from Main Street,” Maestas said.

For more information, call 970-241-2398.

To like Las Marias on Facebook, click here — http://www.facebook.com/pages/Las-Marias/159350720797379.


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