Update: I’ve updated this post to include Rancho Viejo’s other locations, as the original post excluded several.
The Mexican restaurant Rancho Viejo is opening an eatery in downtown Roanoke.
The new restaurant will be located on the city market in the space where Horizon Bar and Grill closed last year.
Rancho Viejo has restaurants in Roanoke County on Electric Road near Tanglewood Mall, Vinton, Daleville, Salem, and Moneta. The restaurant company also owns several Rancho Viejo elsewhere in Virginia.
Restaurant owner Edfrain Aguirre said the downtown restaurant will be different than the other locations but he wouldn’t elaborate, saying he wanted to wait until closer to the opening to reveal more details.
He did tell me that they are working on the downtown space now. That includes putting down new tile, painting, and remodeling the wine cellar so it can hold private parties and live music on weekends.
Aguirre expects the restaurant to open by the end of July. I plan to get more details closer to the opening date.
Rancho Viejo will join
three two other Mexican restaurants downtown: Alejandro’s and Queso Southwestern Grill. and La Finca.