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Las Guacamayas restaurant opens in Unicoi

Las Guacamayas owner Sandra Espinoza, center, is joined by family, friends and Town of Unicoi Mayor Johnny Lynch during the grand opening of Las Guacamayas. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Richard Rourk)

By Richard Rourk

A familiar restaurant has relocated and brought its unique dishes along for the ride.

Las Guacamayas officially held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 19, to celebrate the move from 1109 N. Main Ave. in Erwin, to 3615 Unicoi Drive in Unicoi.

According to Las Guacamayas owner Sandra Espinoza, the reopening has been a great experience.

“We give a thousand thanks for the great welcome to each and everyone that has welcomed and joined us for our move,” Espinoza said. “We can’t wait to serve the citizens of Unicoi as well as our Erwin regulars at our new, larger location.”

Espinoza acknowledged that the previous location was temporarily closed due to a family emergency, but the new location was just too good to pass up.

“We loved the size of this space; there is so much we can do here,” Espinoza said.

Las Guacamayas, which originated in October 2019, is a restaurant that specializes in the food of León Guanajuato.

Town of Unicoi officials, including Mayor Johnny Lynch, attended the June 19 ribbon cutting and welcomed the new business to their town.

“We welcome this restaurant and wish them success here in the Town of Unicoi,” Lynch said during the June 19 ribbon cutting ceremony.

According to Espinoza, Las Guacamayas is not in competition with area Mexican restaurants.

“Each state has its own twist in cuisine,” she said.

The name Las Guacamayas is loosely translated in English, as “the macaws.” According to Espinoza, macaws are prevalent in her home of León Guanajuato and the restaurant is designed to reflect the beauty of the macaws.

According to Espinoza, Las Guacamayas will have daily specials, just like before with a few changes.

“We will now offer ‘Taco Monday’ and will have ‘Tamale Tuesday,’ as well as our other great specials including a ‘Chicken Nacho Day’ and a ‘Chicken Chimichanga Plate day,” Espinoza said.

For more information, restaurant times or to keep up with specials or to see the full menu, please follow Las Guacamayas on Facebook.