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.