OAK CREEK - A typical margarita is made with a lime or lemon. Ever try a spinach, cucumber or rose petal margarita? What about a cotton candy, gum, or birthday cake margarita?
One of Oak Creek's newest family-owned restaurants, Margarita City, is offering just what the name suggests – a number of unique margarita options along with traditional Mexican food. Owner Juan Melendez said he likes coming up with new ideas for margaritas and that he plans on creating a new margarita every month.
"They'll be margaritas you'll never imagine," Melendez said.
The restaurant at 8201 S. Howell Ave., Suite 700, has already opened, but will hold its grand opening Wednesday, March 22.
Creating a concept
Melendez, a longtime Oak Creek resident, said the city was good for this concept, which he had dreamed of doing for years.
"People in Oak Creek needed something like this," Melendez said, adding the area offers mostly fast food.
While he comes up with unique margaritas, Melendez said he likes to "stay on the authentic side of Mexican food."
One of his specialties is paella, something Melendez said is hard to find in authentic form. He also offers chili rellenos and tamales.
"I'm doing things the way I would like them," he said.
Margarita City is in the former Tazinos and Wisconsin Pizza Works suite. However, it looks very different, with Melendez himself doing a lot of remodeling work.
The pizza bar is gone, replaced with a drinking bar. Additionally, paintings of celebrities – such as Elvis Presley and Mexican painters Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera – by a local artist cover the walls.
Overall remodeling took about seven months, Melendez said.
In the future, Melendez said he hopes to have a patio outside as well as a guacamole cart.
He added that the city has been "very supportive all the way."