Moctezuma’s will bring
its brand of fine Mexican dining to Kitsap Mall this fall.
The family-owned restaurant
and tequila bar chain, which has locations in Gig Harbor, South
Center and Tacoma, is moving into a 8,000-square-foot space
previously occupied by Hale’s Alehouse.
Moctezuma’s Director of
Operations Michael Goronkin said the company saw
Silverdale as a vibrant market to expand into.
“It’s a growing community,” Goronkin said.
“Restaurants out there have been really successful.”
The Kitsap Mall restaurant will be Moctezuma’s largest
location to date, and will employ more than 100 workers, Goronkin
said. Space in the restaurants is evenly divided between the
tequila bar and dining room.
Goronkin said Moctezuma’s decor and food set it apart from other
Mexican restaurants. Decorations are imported from Mexico. Food is
made from scratch, using family recipes.
“We really focus on
execution and make sure every dish pops,” he said “… it’s kind of
an over-the-top experience. You feel like you’re in Mexico.”
Moctezuma’s will fully remodel the Kitsap Mall space before
moving in. Goronkin said the process will take about five months,
meaning the restaurant could open in November.
The previous tenant, Hale’s Ales, left Kitsap Mall but hasn’t
departed Kitsap. The brewery recently established a
distribution center in Bremerton, and plans
to open a tasting room there in July.
You can check the Moctezuma’s Silverdale accounts on Twitter and Facebook