Fiesta Jalisco opens today in Frisco |

Fiesta Jalisco opens today in Frisco

Lu Snyder

FRISCO – Jose G. Rodriguez is gaining popularity quickly in Summit County – though most know him by his food, not his name.

Rodriguez is the owner of Fiesta Jalisco, a Mexican restaurant that first opened in Summit County (in Silverthorne) last year. Since then, Rodriguez has opened restaurants in Avon and Breckenridge.

Today, Fiesta Jalisco opens in Frisco.

Rodriguez purchased El Rio, on the far west end of Main Street in Frisco, earlier this month. It will open at 5 p.m. today for dinner.

Rodriguez, who is from Seattle, is fairly new to the Summit County area, but he is no newcomer to the restaurant business. He worked in restaurants for more than 10 years before opening his own. Between him and his siblings, the family owns approximately 24 restaurants, Rodriguez said. He also owns five restaurants called Rancho Viejo in Spokane, Wash., in addition to Colorado’s Fiesta Jalisco. Rodriguez said he hopes to open more restaurants in Summit and Eagle counties.

He commutes between Spokane and Summit County every few weeks.

Rodriguez and his crew have been busy redecorating the restaurant and preparing for today’s opening, although Rodriguez said he is waiting until September for the grand opening – one that will be celebrated at all Fiesta Jalisco restaurants on Mexican Independence Day.

Frisco’s menu will be the same as the other restaurants – real Mexican food, cooked daily, Rodriguez said. Several new entrees should be on the menu soon, including fresh oysters, seafood soup and menudo.

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