Plates to share: MX Tapas Bar & Restaurante opens in Grand Junction |

Plates to share: MX Tapas Bar & Restaurante opens in Grand Junction

MX Tapas Bar & Restaurante can seat close to 75 in the dining area.
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WHAT: MX Tapas Bar & Restaurante

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

WHERE: 546 Main St., Grand Junction

COST: Moderate

INFO:, 970-256-0800

MX Tapas Bar & Restaurante recently opened downtown, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Formerly La Bamba Mexican Restaurant, near Mesa Theater at 546 Main St., the owners Francisco and Betty — with the help of son Frank Cervantes — decided to re-brand. It’s the same location and still family owned, but with a fresh vision and lots of new flavors.

“We’ve been in business 17 years on Main Street,” Frank Cervantes said, “It’s good to change.”

While favorites from the La Bamba menu will continue to be served (same prices), the new menu will focus on “a fusion of tapas with Mexican and Spanish ingredients,” he noted. “It’s the perfect timing to make the change to tapas” because there’s nothing like it yet in Grand Junction.

Tapas — a Spanish cuisine — are small, plated appetizers that can be ordered in many combinations for groups to enjoy. Each tapas plate costs between $3.95-$4.50.

Lunch and dinner options, including burritos and traditional meals, will also be served daily, with Mezcal margaritas and martinis made fresh at the bar.

And starting in March, MX will host “Tapas and Tequilas” night on Thursdays.

Frank Cervantes, who currently resides in Mexico, said the tapas menu at MX was influenced by a friend and chef Enrique Lozano, from Sitges, Spain.

They met in Mexico, where Lozano owns a restaurant. Frank said he was first introduced to tapas when he lived in Barcelona.

The interior of MX was re-done as well, with art from Mexico and Spain hung on the walls to give it a loungy, date-night feel.

According to Frank Cervantes, his parents moved to Grand Junction from England in 1993. The family is originally from Mexico.

“Arriving in the Grand Valley, he (Francisco Cervantes) started an imports store with Mexican Rustic Furniture, and eventually owned a tortilla factory,” he said. “That’s when he had the idea to open up a restaurant (La Bamba) for the second time in his life after having opened a successful Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles.”

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Call 970-256-0800 for reservations.

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