the menu, down to the pricing, is extremely similar; however, the execution was slightly off on the dish that I ate (the Mexican Flag enchiladas). Chips and salsa were the same. Service was similar (read: mediocre). Ricardo was working the space as expected and mingling with many old Avila's/Maple Ave customers.
The space was nice and it looks like they are going to do a 5 day a week happy hour plus late night happy hour on weekends. I'm not sure what to make of its chance of long term survival.
I'm crossing my fingers that the old Avila's reopens in its past glory. Otherwise, I have a feeling that visits to Mextopia will be like going to the Dallas Grimaldi's vs. the one under the Brooklyn Bridge -- a good substitute, but a substitute nonetheless.