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EatBeat: Aleyda’s Miguel Lopez Opens Miguelito’s in Royal Palm Beach

March 4th, 2014 · No Comments

miguelitos-barMiguelito’s Cancun Grille had a soft opening last month in Royal Palm Beach.

miguelitos-signThe new Tex-Mex, in a former On the Border restaurant, is the new place from one-half of the brother-sister team that was Aleyda’s in West Palm Beach. That landmark Mexican restaurant closed in 2013. Miguel Lopez is primary owner; Aleyda Cardona is not involved.

He explains the solo venture. “My sister and I were working on a new Aleyda’s, but she had family obligations to take care of,” he said. “A conflict over the use of the name came up, and so I renamed it Miguelito’s. The Cancun Grille represents our food – authentic Mexican – different than Aleyda’s menu.”

Originally, Aleyda’s was set to reopen in Northwood Village in West Palm Beach; that deal fell through.

He decided to proceed with his own restaurant with recipes from his past, and some from a brother who owned the former Pancho Villa Tex-Mex in Lake Worth. It was in Meadowlake Plaza on Lake Worth Road for 23 years.

“The menu is different from Aleyda’s,” he said. “It will be more like Pancho Villa’s. He has a more coastal Mexican style – fish and seafood and steaks. There are seafood dishes on this menu – scallops and mussels.

“Right now, we’re still working with a limited menu and working out the kinks. But everyone here is excited we’re here. It’s a really good area, I think.”

A private room will host parties, he said, but it won’t be open for another month or two while the main dining room is settled.

“This is exciting for me – it’s what I’ve wanted to do for a while. I think the diners will like it once we get it going and get the final menu in place – we’re still tinkering with it.”

Miguelita’s Cancun Grille

  • 11121 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach, FL
  • 561-688-9033; facebook.com/miguelitoscancun.grille
  • Open daily for lunch and dinner.



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