Muscle Maker Grill Moving Into Old Mexicali Rose Site

Chain says it will offer "great food with your health in mind"


Only a few weeks ago, rumors were flying that the Muscle Maker Grill restaurant would move into the space once occupied by Five Guys on Valley Road in Upper Montclair.

But now, according to a sign, it appears the national chain actually is moving into the space once occupied by Mexicali Rose at 10 Park Street near Bloomfield Avenue.

Although the sign says the Muscle Maker Grill chain is coming—it doesn't specify when.

Only last January, signs in the window said that the Mexicali Rose property had been seized by law enforcement officials and that the restaurant was for sale.

The restaurant also had been closed down last September—by New Jersey tax officials—with new signs plastered across the windows announcing that a "New Mexicali Rose" would be re-opening soon. And, indeed in October, Montclair Patch reported that a newly re-opened Mexicali Rose was completely redecorated, looking sleeker and more nuevo latino than it previously did.

But then in January Mexicali Rose was closed for good, a move that came just days after Watchung Plaza Home and ColorStoryHome announced they were closing as well.

The Muscle Maker Grill has about 40 restaurants in New Jersey and countless more in other parts of the country including several in Florida and Texas.

Founded in 1995 by Rod Silva, Muscle Maker Grill eateries offer "freshly prepared Italian and Tex-Mex wraps, pastas, Asian entrees, salads, burgers and more," according to its website.

The chain's motto is: "We're serving great food with your health in mind."

Now if only something would move into the former Five Guys location!

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

Crafty Spiker March 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Does anyone know the story behind Five Guys doing their midnight disappearing act?
Howard Beale March 19, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Musclemaker Grills seem to favor opening in close proximity to fitness centers. Since the "Y" is close to the Mexicali Rose site it makes sense that it would locate there rather then the 5 Guys site.


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