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Fayetteville’s El Matador Plans New Location for 2015

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Ground should be broken in Fayetteville next month for El Matador Mexican Grill & Bar on a 1.14-acre site next to the Walmart Neighborhood Market off Wedington Drive at 3475 Black Forest Drive.

The new location was recently purchased for $775,000 from Forest Hills Partners LLC of Fort Smith and is just east of the First Security Bank branch.

Edgar Montes, whose family owns and operates a variety of Mexican restaurants throughout northwest Arkansas, said he hopes to open the restaurant in September 2015.

El Matador is currently at 1290 N. Steamboat Drive, a few blocks farther south off Wedington. It is squeezed in among hotels, and the secluded location has affected business a little, Montes said.

“At the beginning it was kind of rough,” Montes said. “It’s not the business we normally get at the other places.”

Members of the Montes family also own Mexico Viejo, La Huerta and Las Fajitas restaurants, and Edgar’s brother Meliton owns Mojito’s Mexican Grill in Fayetteville.

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