Cantina Gueros bringing second West Valley location to Goodyear – The Business Journals

A local Mexican restaurant is expanding into another West Valley city this spring.
Just two years after opening a location in Peoria, restaurateur Joey Lucidi has plans to open another Cantina Gueros at Goodyear Centerpointe just north of Interstate 10.
The 5,000-square-foot space, which was previously occupied by Native Grill & Wings, will offer a variety of traditional Mexican dishes, hand-crafted cocktails and “unique” interior decor, according to Goodyear.
Cantina is one of several establishments owned by Westside Concepts. The company, owned by Lucidi, is also connected to the Haymaker, NW Coffee and Fire House Event Center in Peoria. Lucidi also created The Social on 83rd in Peoria.
Westside opened its first Haymaker restaurant in 2013 in Peoria and has added several more concepts to the growing city since then. It also opened a Haymaker in Goodyear in 2014.
“Goodyear has experienced some amazing growth over the past few years, and there is plenty more to come, but what separates us from national chains is where we give back to our communities and stay connected. We look forward to solidifying Westside Concepts in Goodyear and the rest of the West Valley with Cantina Gueros,” Lucidi said in a statement.
The restaurant will open in the next couple of months at 15375 W. McDowell Road in a shopping center with other local and national concepts including Colados Coffee & Crepes, AH-SO Sushi & Steak and Olive Garden.
This year, a new BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will also open near the planned Goodyear Civic Square, which will see a new civic center, library, office space and mixed-use projects.
More retail and restaurants have continued expanding to the west side of the Valley as more people move to fast-growing cities like Goodyear, Buckeye and Peoria.
As both small businesses and chains continue looking for space to open new locations, developers are also planning new retail centers and projects to keep up with demand. Goodyear recently approved rezoning land for a planned business park, which could create more commerce and retail space in the city.
In the fourth quarter, the Phoenix metro retail sector had a 7.5% vacancy rate. In the past 12 to 18 months, experts estimated that rent prices have increased by 10% to 15% due to the high demand for space.
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