The Mexican food chain last week broke ground on a new, 3,900-square-foot restaurant along Unser Boulevard, across from Presbyterian Rust Medical Center. The new Rio Rancho site joins four existing Taco Cabanas spread throughout Albuquerque.
“That’s the only area of town we’re really not represented in (currently),” local franchisee Mel Sloan said of the northwest Albuquerque quadrant and Rio Rancho. “We’re really looking forward to being out there.”
Sloan, who owns the local restaurants with business partner Ed Rodriguez, said he expects the restaurant to open in April.
Hart Construction is the general contractor for the project. Broker Clayton King of NAI Maestas & Ward represented Taco Cabana in the real estate deal.
The new restaurant follows some significant remodeling projects at the city’s two oldest Taco Cabanas; both the San Mateo NE and Montgomery NE locations recently received overhauls.
Taco Cabana has approximately 170 restaurants open currently, according to an investor relations report — almost all of them corporately owned by Texas-based parent company, Fiesta Restaurant Group. The New Mexico locations differ from most, Sloan said, as they feature a special menu designed to cater specifically to local tastes with offerings that include red and green chile.