The new location of Cancun’s Ameri-Mex Restaurant is something that would make singer Jimmy Buffett proud with its palm tree-lined exterior and relaxed atmosphere inside. Cancun’s is putting the final touches on the building, where it is set to open by the end of the month.

Owner Emiliano Bahena said the community has embraced the restaurant since it opened its doors in 2001. Plans for the expansion have been under development for the past year.

“We have been in business since 1996, when our first restaurant, Acapulco’s in DeSoto, opened,” Bahena said. “This was the second location. We need to upgrade and provide a better place for the community, a place for everybody’s family to come and enjoy a meal.

“We are growing and moving forward,” he said. “It is a nice community and nice people. We are blessed to come to this town.”

Cancun’s serves a large menu that ranges from traditional American staples like burgers and steaks to Tex-Mex dishes along with large breakfast offerings. At the new location, the menu will be expanded to include seafood items along with new drink options such as margaritas. The new location won’t have a bar but the restaurant will be able to serve to each table. Customers can also enjoy fresh homemade tortillas.

The restaurant is moving from its current 4,500 square feet location to a new space of more than 6,600 square feet with a seating capacity of 300 people.

“We are going to be putting some seats outside so people can enjoy the view of the pond as they eat,” Bahena said. “We are just trying to finish the inside and get all of the equipment in – and we will be ready by the end of this month.”

Bahena shared that what makes Cancun’s stand out from other restaurants is its commitment to quality by making everything from scratch rather than using commercial products. He said customers are excited about the change and have been complimentary about the new building’s look.

Cancun’s will keep its same hours at the new location: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays.

For more information about Cancun’s, visit its website at www.cancunamerimexrestaurant.com.

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