Tia Rosa Taqueria to open Monday in Gilbert

After six weeks of delays, Tia Rosa Taqueria finally will open its doors Monday on the southeast corner of Gilbert and Baseline roads in Gilbert, kicking off major 2010 expansion plans by the popular east Mesa Mexican restaurant.

Rancho de Tia Rosa, which opened in 2001, features a large, sit-down Mexican restaurant, as well as a smaller, more casual taqueria in a stand-alone building.

The Gilbert taqueria is the project of Nic Sirrine, son of Tia Rosa owners Dennis and Lizabeth Sirrine. Nic Sirrine began helping out at age 8 at the family’s original Mesa restaurant, Rosa’s, at University and Mesa drives.

The 25-year-old spent the past five years managing Rancho de Tia Rosa. He graduated in 2007 from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute.

Nic Sirrine says the Gilbert taqueria, which takes over a former Fazoli’s building, will have the same basic items  – tacos ($2.79-$3.89), enchiladas ($3.49-$4.99) and burritos ($3.99-$4.99) – as the Mesa taqueria.

But the menu also will include a few special items, like stuffed quesadillas ($7.50), chimichangas ($8.50) and fajitas ($8.50).

The Gilbert taqueria also will have a drive-through window.

Sirrine had hoped to open in early January, but became mired in a permit dispute with the city.

The Sirrine family also plans to open a second full Rancho de Tia Rosa near Guadalupe and Higley roads in Gilbert this spring, and another near Dobson and Germann roads in Chandler this fall.

Tia Rosa Taqueria, 2135 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert, will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Info: (480) 503-3729 or www.ranchodetiarosa.com.

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13 Responses to Tia Rosa Taqueria to open Monday in Gilbert

  1. agilbertman says:

    Still looks like Fazoli’s. 6 week delay and still no professional sign….. Hmmm, may want to re-think that “expansion”. I think I would get some management in house 1st.

  2. That’s awesome! I love Tia Rosa’s!

  3. kelly says:

    It blows me away that this restaurant is not open on Sundays and Mondays. it’s not a doctors office, it’s a restaurant. Stupid.

  4. Wait. I don’t get how it’s opening it’s doors on Mondays, but it’s closed on Mondays. Hmmmm…

  5. Matt says:

    They’re Mormons..That’s why they aren’t open on Sunday or Monday. That’s the Cult rules

  6. Brian says:

    Matt, you shouldn’t comment on things that you know nothing about. Keep snide little comments like that to yourself. I’m not Mormon, but I do find it ridiculous when I hear crap like that.

  7. bjames says:

    Matt, you’re clueless.

  8. Meli says:

    If they were Mormon, do you think they would offer alcohol? Either way, does it really matter? How about they need time to prepare the delicious food? Those flavors don’t come from microwaving… Maybe they value their staff and families and this is an opportunity for them to have a “weekend” in the restaurant industry…

  9. Kelly says:

    I have eaten there twice since hey opened. The food is great but the disorganization is killing the business. Both times it took over 30 minutes to get my food. The first day I figured they would work out the kinks, went back three days later and was disappointed to see it had not gotten any better. i thought they would have it down, they do come from a restaurant back ground. I will try again in a few weeks and see if it has gotten any better. Good luck

  10. KC says:

    Was not happy. It took over 30 min to get food and the food was not good. I would rather drive the exta mile and get someburros at least that food has flavor.

  11. Nic says:

    Tia Rosa Taqueria IS open Monday-Saturday from 11-9pm. The food did take around 30 mintues to receive after ordering during the first week because of all the employee’s were new and in training. Chef Nic has now perfected the food and speed of the kitchen and the soft opening is coming to a close. Plus the big crowds of people didn’t help the speed of the kitchen at all either.

  12. kweed says:

    Yuck! I returned from my first time ever at Tia Rosa, so excited, but have just gotten back to my office, opened my to go box, and there are about 7 lbs. of boiled chicken breasts looking back at me. This is supposed to be fajitas. Absolutely awful, visually unapealing, and extremely wasteful. my co-workers, all excited to see what we’ve all been waiting for, turned away in disgust. I had to throw it away, and am certain that I just trashed at least 10 bucks worth of chicken breasts. Where is the quality control person?
    There’s this girl walking around the expiditing area, presumeably she is a trainer, who knows, nobody is in uniform, and when a customer at the counter asked to have her sauce put on the side, trainer girl walks up to her and says “Are you being difficult?!”
    NEVER AGAIN. Never. Completely horrific food. I can’t think of a word to describe it, other than disgusting. Maybe that is why they are closed on Sundays. This food is blasphemous!

  13. Cari says:

    They need to be open Mondays. And despite the bad experience someone had on here, I am just still gonna have to give em a try because the parent restaurant was QUITE yummy! 🙂 Maybe one of the managers or owners will read the above comments, and try to improve.

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