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Montezuma's opening in Waynesboro delayed until new year

December 16, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The opening of the Montezuma Mexican Restaurant planned for Gold's Plaza in Waynesboro has been delayed until the new year, one of the owners said Wednesday.

"We're almost done. We are going to wait till January, maybe the first or second week," Jesus "Chuy" Muñoz said.

The blueprints and permits process took longer than expected, he said.

The 3,500-square-foot restaurant will employ approximately 14 people and have a seating capacity of 140, Muñoz previously told The Herald-Mail. It joins sister businesses in Chambersburg, Pa., and Gettysburg, Pa.

The Waynesboro restaurant at the intersection of Third and Walnut streets will be B.Y.O.B., Muñoz said.

Four trucks carrying kitchen equipment were expected to make deliveries this week. Crews will start laying tile in the dining room next week.

"Our furniture is ready," Muñoz said.

Munoz said 15 to 20 customers approach him to ask about the Waynesboro restaurant each night he's in one of the two Chambersburg restaurants.

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"They say, 'We're excited you're coming.' ... I guess we have a good clientele base down there," Muñoz said, saying several people have commented they'll be able to walk from their home to the new restaurant.

The restaurant will hold a "soft opening" before any possible grand opening celebration, Muñoz said. He said he hopes to book a mariachi band for a grand opening about two weeks after the soft opening.

Carlos, Chuy and Juan Muñoz, who formerly lived in West Virginia and Virginia, opened the first Montezuma on Wayne Avenue seven years ago, followed by the U.S. 30 restaurant five years ago. The Gettysburg restaurant is to celebrate its second anniversary this month.

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