Amy Jo Parish
New flavors will fill the air when the Acapulco Mexican Grill opens in downtown Charlotte. The eatery, set to open early October, will feature a menu of classic Mexican dishes and recipes diners have come to expect from the Vera family.
“We are doing really well with the traditional dishes, such as our homemade pork and chorizo,” explained Carlos Vera. “We have a few concoctions we have created that are favorites, along with that addicting white cheese sauce. There’s something for everyone.”
The outside of the grill, located at 112 South Cochran, completed new signage on the exterior, bringing the restaurant one step closer to opening.
The building, formerly the home of The Dolson Restaurant, has been undergoing renovations to prepare for the opening and give the space a new atmosphere.
“Diners can expect a clean restaurant and a fine dining experience with delicious food and great drinks,” said Vera. “It has a homey feel that gives an authentic experience.”
It will be the second Acapulco restaurant; the first is located on North Clippert Street in Frandor and opened a little over two years ago.
The family was drawn to open a second location in Charlotte due in large part to the surrounding community and its residents.
“”It just fit right,” said Vera. “We explored a lot of other options but really liked Charlotte…We are thrilled to be coming to Charlotte.”
The building, owned by Dutch Brothers Development Group, formerly housed the Dolson Tavern & Eatery which closed its doors after less than a year. Prior to the Dolson, The Gavel restaurant occupied the space for more than 30 years. It has been two years since a business has been open at the location and the Vera family is excited to bring their flavors to downtown. More than just food, however, Vera said the Acapulco Mexican Grill strives to create a memorable and tasty experience for patrons. He takes it on as a personal mission to create an atmosphere of comfort and deliciousness.
“I love giving guests a delicious meal. It makes me happy they had a good dining experience,” said Vera.