Tuesday, March 6, 2018

PICTURES: Cancun Mexican Bar & Grill Riverfront Opens in Newport


Cancun Mexican Bar & Grill Riverfront has opened.

The Mexican restaurant, located in the old Don Pablos location on Riverboat Row in Newport, after beginning construction in November of 2017.

RELATED: New Restaurant Set to Replace Newport's Don Pablos 

In August of 2016 Don Pablos, on Newport's Riverboat Row, closed after an electrical fire caused significant fire damage on the inside of the building.

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With the damage pending and declining sales hitting the store's bottom line, the ownership group decided to close it permanently, but were working on another concept almost immediately.

RELATED: Newport Don Pablos Closes Immediately, Permanently 

The restaurant sits on leased land from the city of Newport, which is an 11.85 Acre strip along the river.  An ownership group, DFR Inc, has owned the building since its construction in 1995. That group started the chain of Tex-Mex restaurants in 1995, starting them in Texas before eventually expanding in the midwest.

The appraised value of the property sits at $1,490,000.

In 2013 the restaurant was temporarily closed after a building inspection led to concern for the safety of customers and employees. A routine building inspection on April 25 of that year found issues with the structural integrity of one corner of the restaurant's deck, specifically the condition of a steel beam.


According to a Don Pablos employee in 2016, a leak in the restaurants roof was what led to the electrical fire that ultimately closed the restaurant permanently.

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