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Nov 3, 2007 02:30 PM

Mexican Food Explosion - are they somehow related?

There seem to be a large number of new Mexican restaurants in Massachusetts over the past two or three years. Notably, the Acapulco's expansion, and places like Cafe Azteca in Lawrence, and Cancun in Grafton.

These restaurants all seem to be getting their decor from the same distributor, and the menus are remarkably similar. The quality of the food varies, but the menu items and combination plates seem almost identical.

Are these owned or run by the same group?

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  1. Cancun's in Grafton seemed like it was definitely run by a an honest-to-goodness mexican family (granted, of course they tailor the food to the area since I guess they must feel it sells better than they think the more exotic native dishes would).
    Now, whether they get backing from someone else - I'm not sure, but my guess would be no.

    1. Not sure about Azteca but Acapulcos and Cancun have a partner in common. Acapulcos have flooded the market and will no longer be called Acapulcos so they can expand under one cncept, different names.
      I've noticed the quality varies at Acapulcos.

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      1. re: trufflehound

        Just curious Trufflehound, - and no offense meant, but is there any data to back up your claim that Cafe Azteca and Acapulcos have a partner in common?

        I'm curious because I have heard many rave reviews of Cafe Azteca, but usually not great reviews of Acapulcos.

        1. re: Keithel

          I think trufflehound said "not sure about Azteca but acapulcos and cancun have a partner in common" - we went recently to Cafe Azteca and spoke with the waiter about the owners. Said they were from Mexico and just got back from a recent trip there, didn't mention owning any other places,, just this one. We loved it.

          1. re: lexpatti

            ahh ok misread!
            I suppose I can see how Cancun's and Acapulcos would be related ( looking at d├ęcor)

            1. re: Keithel

              A freind is a vendor to them. Apparently acapulcos was started by 2 partners. Each of them has a stake in the Acapulcos and the offshoots even if not a full share. In other words they don't own all the Acapulcos outright. Some, and are limited partners in the others. And, limited partners in Cancuns. Not involved with Azteca to my knowledge.

              1. re: Keithel

                Yes, and the decor at Cancun's is exactly the same as the place in Methuen. I haven't been to Azteca yet.

              2. re: lexpatti

                Interesting. I do think that Azteca is owned by the same people who own the Mexican restaurant in Methuen off of Broadway - can't remember the name. I remember seeing the Azteca listing on the menu in Methuen, though.

          2. Cafe Azteca in Lawrence has been in business well over 10 years, so it's not part of any recent explosion. It's always been privately owned and the quality has always been consistantly good for me.