Papa’s and Beer will open a second Anderson County eatery in December.
The family-owned Mexican restaurant chain has signed a lease on the 3,200-square-foot former Kentucky Fried Chicken building at 4504 Highway 81 near the Exit 27 interchange of Interstate 85.
The building’s most recent tenant was the Fiesta Rodeo Mexican Restaurant.
“It feels so good,” said Jannira Martinez, who will operate the store with her husband, Pablo Martinez. “We’ve been looking for two years on that side of town. We’ve heard a lot of our friends say that they want another option besides fast food. We’re happy to bring a fresh food option to that area.”
Martinez, whose father, Javier Gomez, started the company in 2006 in Asheville, N.C., said the new location will create about 20 jobs.
She said the couple plans to renovate the building to give it the same look and feel as other Papa’s and Beer locations. But she said this store will be even more colorful.
It will feature a bar, the same menu, and the couple hopes to bring in a local mariachi band to entertain their diners.
Frank Hammond with Colliers International represented the building’s owner in the lease agreement. Martinez and her husband represented themselves.
“This is a great example of local entrepreneurs seeing a gap in a submarket for a quality sit-down operation where there are some very positive trends on the near horizon,” Hammond said.
This will be the eight Papa’s and Beer store. The company operates one restaurant in Spartanburg, one in Greenville, two in Simpsonville, one in Anderson, and two in Asheville.
Plans are in the works for a ninth installment that will open in Mauldin.