PITTSBURG — Guadalajara Mexican Grill opened at its spacious and colorful location across from Pittsburg State University's main entrance on Broadway Street Jan. 18.

Word is already getting around.

“Some of my coworkers at (PSU) came here for lunch today and said it was really good,” Amy Bartlow said, while trying out the restaurant on Friday night.

Amy was having dinner with her husband, Jon, and their 3-year-old, Cole.

“I think it looks nice, the tables and benches look really sharp,” Jon said, and Amy added “It has a polished look but has a casual look at the same time, it’s cozy.”

The colors show Gorilla pride with a little Mexican twist, as a vibrant green livens up the second floor and a wall on the main level.

The Mexican grill can seat 80 people downstairs, where there is an open-style kitchen, with a divider breaking the restaurant into two rooms and a three-person bar with six beers on tap.

The second floor seats another 60 people and features a 15 seat bar. Owner Jose Ramirez said he will open the second floor as business continues to grow.

An outside deck holds up to 200 and has a 12 person bar. Jose plans to start serving food on the loft this summer. He’s also finding out if live music is permitted, based on nearby residential areas.

Jose worked as a server for 16 years before opening up his first restaurant in Baxter Springs eight months ago. He said the key to a good restaurant is reasonable prices, good service and great food.

He believes the Mexican grill has it all with an emphasis on food.

Jose’s brother, Alejandro, nickname “El Guero” for his fair complexion, is the key to the food.

“It has to be exact for Alejandro,” Jose said. “Everything, even the way it looks on the plate, it has to be perfect.”

Alejandro was a chef at El Charro in Pittsburg for 12 years before leaving to work with his brother at San Jose Authentic Mexican Restaurant in Baxter Springs.

Jose said the restaurant will have a liquor license in about two weeks. Then, they will sell “some good margaritas” among other drinks.

The Mexican grill has daily lunch and dinner specials. Jose said drink specials will be added as well.

Guadalajara Mexican Grill is located at 1620 S. Broadway at the old Fuzzy Taco’s Shop location. The building is 2,688 square feet, according to findthedata.com

The restaurant is open seven days a week, on Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dine in or carry out by calling 620-404-5040.

“You have to believe what you sell,” Jose said, adding “I have an amazing cook.”

— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at mstavola@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.