Amalia’s Mexican restaurant and distillery

A bit of interesting downtown restaurant news from the Bulletin today: a new Mexican restaurant, Amalia’s, is taking over the old Ciao Mambo spot and opening up next Friday (the 26th). But the interesting part is the booze:

Amalia’s also will distill its own tequila, [owner James] Orsillo said. More than 100 types of margaritas will be served at the restaurant, which will be open from noon to 11 p.m. on weekdays and noon to close on weekends. It also will feature a late-night happy hour, and salsa classes on Fridays and Saturdays.

A tequila distillery? I know of no other such places in Oregon; unfortunately, the article doesn’t specify whether they will in fact distill their tequila here in town (from the agave plant) or contract it out elsewhere and import it.

But it definitely sounds like something worth checking out.

2 thoughts on “Amalia’s Mexican restaurant and distillery

  1. The "soft" opening a couple of week’s ago produced excellent fanfare of delectable nibbles of huge seared prawns over mushrooms and grilled peppers; the juiciest chicken breast I ever had over grilled cactus and though I prefer this "heart-healthy" cuisine; I couldn’t resist the home-made tortillas and the clementine margaritas. Nice to see that Roberto is using his grandma Amalia’s secret recipe sauces. Such a nice change to what’s served elsewhere here in Central Oregon.

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