In early May, news broke that Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen would be selling its Central Avenue location in midtown Phoenix to Atlanta-based Wood Partners and moving to a smaller space in the automotive garage inhabited by Toyowest Autmotive Inc. next door.
On Wednesday, Macayo’s released some more details about the project.
The iconic Arizona restaurant chain, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has spent the past five years undergoing an extensive renovation and remodeling of their restaurants, including the $40,000 renovation of their Mesa location.
According to a press release, Macayo’s had initially considered renovating the current site off Central and Indianola avenues, “but strongly believe the proposal for developers to build housing on their current lot, coupled with their ideas to repurpose the auto-shop, will bring new energy to midtown Phoenix.”
Marketing and Brand Management Director Ashley Negron said the plan with Wood Partners “was a perfect match.”
The new space is slated to open in the first quarter of 2017. Construction will begin in October.
The new Macayo’s will be an homage to founder Woody Johnson‘s original restaurant designs and layouts through adaptive reuse, incorporating midcentury modern elements. Judith Testani & Riccardo Cattapan and their teams at Testani Design Troupe Inc. & CMDA Design Bureau are working on the designs.
The space will be downsized from 22,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet, but will have a patio. The current Macayo’s on Central is one of the few restaurants along the Central corridor without outdoor seating.