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Latin Restaurant Opening in Newtown

The owner of Florentino’s and Francisco’s on the River is opening a third restaurant in May. It will serve traditional Latin dishes and will be located on Cambridge Lane.

Good news for those of you wishing for more ethnic food options in Newtown: a new restaurant serving Latin food is opening in just a few weeks.

Chef Francisco Argueta, owner of Florentino’s and Francisco’s on the River, is opening a third restaurant. It will be called Mamita’s and will serve traditional Latin food from Central and South America.

The restaurant will be located on Cambridge Lane, next to Ota-Ya. It will take the spot formerly occupied by La Nuova Vita pizzeria.

Argueta’s wife, Jennifer, told Patch they are planning to open May 1.

Mamita’s—named after the chef’s mother—will be a kid-friendly BYO serving everything from tacos to paella, enchiladas, chimichangas, fajitas, empanadas and more.  

Patrons will be able to enjoy fresh margarita mixes to add to their own tequila.

"At Mamita’s, we don’t say BYOB, we say BYOT where the “T” stands for Tequila," the website says.

Sundays will be “build your own taco” night, where patrons can choose from a variety of taco fillings and toppings.

Argueta decided to return his roots when opening his third restaurant. He came to the United States from El Salvador in 1986.

“Chef Argueta owes his success to his mother (Mamita) who instilled him with strong values and nurtured his love cooking,” according to an email from Jennifer.  

When he came to America, Argueta worked as a restaurant dishwasher and soon found himself behind the line. “His desire to create his own fabulous dishes with his own flavors and quality ingredients motivated him to open his first restaurant,” the email said.

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Barbara April 04, 2013 at 09:41 PM
can't wait
Donna Harris April 04, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Congrats on your new restaurant! I think you should have Zumba Instructors. At your grand opening! I am one of those instructors! we can get the party started!! Please advise if interested! Donna Harris Bandrfan@aol.com P.s. Zumba is Latin Dancing and. Aerobics! Check Me out on zumba.com. Find an instructor! type in My name! We could bring in so Many people!
Man Landers April 04, 2013 at 11:53 PM
I am a plus size male Chippendale from the Chris Farley school . I can rock the house with the best of them. Here's a little taste of my cooking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngdYGCavAyY
Sharon Cox April 05, 2013 at 11:14 AM
SOOOO excited to have some great ethnic food coming to Newtown! Florentino's and Francisco's are awesome so I'm sure Mamita's will be just as wonderful! LOVE the idea of the "BYOT" and can't wait to sample everything from the menu!
Michele Sheehan April 05, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Fabulous! Now your talkin! BYOT - just in time for summer!
Harry April 05, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Can't wait to try Francisco's new place!
Nora Jemali April 05, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Harry, I am a big fan of Francisco's on the River, the food and the service is great! Make sure you make reservations. Looking forward to the new place!!!
mork April 05, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Another thing this area DOESN'T need a glorified MEXICAN Restaurant. This area needs a good Seafood Restaurant and a good Steak and Chop House. NO MORE RE-FRIED BEANS AND TORTILLAS. More High Profit Garbage
Becky Betz April 05, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Mark, why not either be positive about new business or open your own restaurant? I'm looking forward to trying something new from Francisco
VICTORIA MILLER April 05, 2013 at 03:19 PM
most of the mex places do not know what a tomale is. they had opened a mex restraunt near me. they did not even know how to make a tortillia .......ad not one mexican was in the joint. ....and their taco. did not look any thing like a mex taco.....my mex mother in law would have got a kick out of that.
Kate April 05, 2013 at 08:51 PM
I am very happy to see this - I will surely be there as soon as it opens - with my kids - since it will be kid-friendly!!
Andrew April 06, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Oh, Latin eh? I've always wanted to know what ancient Roman cuisine tasted like.
R U guessing ? April 06, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Taco Bell is on Oxford Valley Road in Falls Twp.
Coach White April 07, 2013 at 08:08 AM
Really? I don't know of any Mexican restaurants in Newtown. Most every restaurant in town is Italian or has some kind of Italian food on the menu?
Shawn April 07, 2013 at 11:53 AM
This is going to be awesome. Great idea... I have long thought we needed good Mexican, now with Mamitas as Qdoba we'll have both fast and slow options. Hurray! I was just at Florentinos last night for a great dinner. I'd like to suggest at Mamitas you incorporate as much local produce as possible, so much tastier and fresher than shipped in stuff...plus you'll support the local economy!
mork April 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Their is no such thing as GOOD MEXICAN FOOD. I want good food how does a MORTON'S, RUTH CHRIS,ISLEAMARADA SEAFOOD
Rebecca Kelly May 05, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Congratulations from the Kelly Family!!! We will see you soon!! Kevin, Becky, Maura & Erin!!
Susan Schweitzer May 06, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Francisco! CONGRATULATIONS! Next time I'm in Philly I will surely visit your restaurants. I'm so impressed by your success! Your work ethic, your talent and your professionalism have taken you far. Outstanding. Hello to your family. Susan Anderson-Schweitzer :)

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