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New Mexican Restaurant Coming to the Mall?

El Rodeo will soon open at the former Outback Steakhouse in Newington.

If Portsmouth area residents are starting to think they have more than enough Mexican restaurants, think again. Soon the former Outback Steakhouse in Newington will be home to El Rodeo.

Portsmouth real estate broker CB Richard Ellis has leased the building to a Harrisburg, Pa., based Mexican restaurant chain that will now gain a foothold in the Seacoast.

According to El Rodeo's website, the family-owned chain opened its first restaurant in Harrisburg, Pa., in 1992 and now has eight restaurants. "El Rodeo's menu features specialties, including sizzling fajitas, hand-made tamales, enchiladas and tacos as well as combination platters. Salads and soups are also available. El Rodeo offers a wide selection of margaritas, in addition to a complete list of beers and cocktails," the El Rodeo's website reads.

When El Rodeo opens later this spring, it will join other Portsmouth area Mexican restaurants such as Margarita's, Poco's Bow Street Cantina, Dos Amigos Burritos, Agave, and the soon to be opened Cemita Shack and Vida Cantina restaurants.

Calvin Wels April 27, 2013 at 01:38 PM
How very disappointing that yet more restaurants with meat and liquor based menus are locating here. It seems Portsmouth has gotten into a restaurant rut with more of the same types of food and service. I would have to believe that a restaurant with a plant based menu would do very well here. In particular, I would have hoped that a good vegetarian restaurant in Southgate Plaza would have been a particularly good fit. Oh well..
Proud Conservative June 01, 2013 at 09:08 AM
Humans are carnivores. We eat meat. For various reasons, some prefer to go against nature and forgo meat and stick with the veggies. Most restaurants have dishes on their menus that are vegetarian or vegan. The reason you do not see many "plant-based" restaurants is because the demand just isn't there. Opening a restaurant to cater to a small minority is a recipe for disaster.

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