JACKSON TWP. Residents and others from around Stark County were ready and waiting to welcome the new 3 Gringos Cantini back to the township.
The popular Mexican eatery, which was a fixture in the Lake Cable area in the 80s and 90s, reopened on March 29.
Kim and Scott Shapiro opened three new eateries in the Lake Shore Plaza across from the entrance of Lake Cable at 5382 Fulton Road, including TD’s Tailgate Grill, Twisted Citrus and the long awaited 3 Gringos.
At 3 Gringos, there was a 90-minute wait time for a table within a half hour of opening.
"There was a line of 75 people waiting outside at 3:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. opening," Scott Shapiro said. "The Blue Margaritas were one of the favorites of the restaurant when it was open before and they have been very popular so far this evening. The excitement and feedback for this restaurant has been unbelievable and we’re expecting a full house all week."
The owners worked diligently to get menu items as close as possible to the previous menu. They worked with previous co-owner Don Jones and his niece Keely Wigfield to implement as many of the previous menu items as possible.
Linda and Dwain Sullivan and Judy and Gary Conner, of Jackson Township, were patrons of the previous 3 Gringos and were among the first group of dinners to try out the new eatery. They were happy to find so many of the menu items from the last restaurant.
"I ordered the Chicken Burro Grande which was one of my favorites and the serving size and the taste was spot on, it was a work of art," said Linda.
Jason Leidner and Tanya and Deb Shiplett said the previous 3 Gringos was a one of their favorite restaurants. They drove from Minerva and East Canton for the opening. They said the chips and dip and the Blue Margaritas were the same as they remembered and the menu contained many of the selections they remembered.
"We heard about the new opening on Facebook and we had to come for the opening, Tanya grew up eating at the other restaurant so we couldn’t wait to see how the new one would be," Deb said.
While almost every table had a pitcher of Blue Margaritas, the seafood nachos, burritos and the black bean soup were other often mentioned items customers were ordering.
Don Jubisch, of Plain Township, and Robin and Guy Corzine, of Jackson Township, stopped by to try out the new restaurant and were happy to find many of their old favorites on the menu. They were enjoying a baby burrito, black bean soup and enchiladas.
"The food is the same as we remember, we ate at the previous 3 Gringos almost every weekend and have been looking forward to the opening of the new location," said Robin.