Three friends who wanted to spice up choice for diners in Corby went down Mexico way for inspiration.
John Osborne, 27, Graham Butler, 28, and head chef Ian Tierney, 29, are launching The Mexican, a new restaurant in Rockingham Road in the town.
It opens for business on Friday (November 1) after three hectic months of planning.
John said: “We came up with the idea of opening a Mexican restaurant in the summer. It’s something Corby doesn’t have.
“It’s been a lot of hard work but we’re excited about the opening and we’re confident it will be a success.”
Ian said The Mexican will serve fresh, locally-sourced food, prepared on the premises.
The menu offers traditional Mexican dishes such as chicken mole, quesadillas, burritos, fajitas, chimichangas, enchiladas and tacos, as well as steaks and barbecued ribs.
There are also burgers, pizzas and fish dishes and Little Pedro’s children’s menu.
Chilli chocolate brownies, Mexican trifle and New York cheesecake are on the dessert menu.
Ian said: “Everything will be cooked from fresh using authentic Mexican recipes.”
The restaurant, which can cater for 42 diners and employs a staff of seven, will open seven days a week from 11am until late and last food orders will be taken at 10.30pm.
Graham said: “We’re family-friendly and hope everyone will come and enjoy the food.
“We are Corby people providing something new for the town. We used Corby people to create the restaurant, including Dean Rummey who did the art work, carpenter Alan Scott who hand-made all the fittings and fixtures, plumber Shaun Davies and plasterer Shaun Tutty, as well as handyman Dennis Tinney.
“We would like to thank them for pulling out all the stops to get it ready in time for the opening. They were brilliant.”
For more information about the restaurant call 01536 205460.