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Rejoice — The Grant Park Restaurant from El Mexicano Owners Is Open

Patria Cocina opens at the Beacon July 16

Patria Cocina is opening in Grant Park on July 9
Patria Cocina
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Patria Cocina, owned by Roxana and Octavio Aguirre of the sadly shuttered Mexican restaurant El Mexicano, is opening Monday, July 16, according to the restaurant’s Instagram. The opening was delayed by a week. Patria Cocina is part of the Beacon complex and faces Grant Street on the edge of Grant Park and Peoplestown.

The Aguirre’s are promising longtime regulars of El Mexicano and their new neighborhood that Patria Cocina will serve a similar menu to its beloved predecessor (fingers crossed for those street tacos) as well as a few fresh additions. Brunch is also planned.

Regulars of El Mexicano, which was located on Moreland Avenue near East Atlanta, have made it clear they will travel for the Aguirre’s Mexican fare. One person commented on an earlier Instagram post they had frozen a few of the restaurant’s burritos to tide them over before Patria Cocina opened. The last of those treasured bites was consumed because “I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Gluten free restaurant and bakery, Mediterranea, is also excited to welcome their new neighbor, “Congratulations from your friends at Mediterranea!! Another great addition to the neighborhood.”

The couple announced plans to open Patria Cocina with its menu of “authentic Mexican food with a modern touch” last summer.

At present, the restaurant does not have its liquor license. That means no margaritas just yet. Patria Cocina opens at 11 a.m. daily for lunch.


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