El Torito Grill in Irvine turns into a giant Sol Mexican Cocina – Orange County Register this fall

Xperience Restaurant Group – owner and operator of El Torito, Chevys Fresh Mex, Sol Mexican Cocina, Acapulco and Las Brisas – will announce Tuesday that the El Torito Grill in Irvine will be converted into Sol Mexican Cocina and renovated for several million dollars .

The new restaurant on 1910 Main Street will be 11,277 square feet, including a 2,861 square foot terrace. It is slated to open this fall in Centerview, a LEED platinum property with two 12-story office buildings.

“We are very excited to have Sol at Centerview,” said Justin Nguyen, Vice President of Asset Management at Emmes Realty Services of California LLC in an announcement. “SOL complements the rugged amenities at Centerview, complementing Porch & Swing and Eighteen Main – a recently developed 17,000 square meter restaurant that offers the option of two to four additional on-site restaurants.”

Founded in 2009 in Orange County, Sol has offices in Newport Beach, Playa Vista, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Denver.

The menu and prices of the new Sol are similar to Newport’s, with typical dishes like Taco Vampiro (USD 10) on a double tortilla with cheese, serrano chillies, carne asada, guacamole, pico de gallo, chipotle sauce and cotija cheese, and game Fish on Esquites ($ 43) with an almond and lemon crust, grilled corn esquites, tomatoes, basil, lime, avocado butter, and cotija cheese.

Sol is known for his tequila cocktails, including his house margarita ($ 13) with fresh citrus juices, agave nectar, and tequila, as well as agave-based drinks like The Mezcalero, a mix of mezcal shaken with passion fruit, guava, and lime juice in a chilli-salted glass.

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Management can’t wait to welcome new and returning customers to the restaurant.

“This new Sol location in Centerview will absolutely meet the need for a modern, polished Mexican restaurant in the Irvine dining landscape,” said Randy Sharpe, CEO of Xperience Restaurant Group. “The menu, the fresh ingredients and the appealing but sophisticated ambience make this restaurant a fantastic destination for a date, a happy hour with colleagues, a Sunday brunch or a special occasion.”

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