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Cancun Mexican Restaurant to Open in Downtown Saline

A new Mexican restaurant is opening soon on E. Michigan Avenue near N. Maple Road. It features a colorful interior and authentic Mexican faire.

Cancún Mexican Restaurant will be opening soon at 405 E. Michigan Ave. in the building that once housed Signature Grille. A specific date has not been announced, but it is expected to open within one or two weeks, according to restaurant managers.

The Saline location will be the newest of about a dozen started by a group of four Mexican-born businessmen led by Ishmael Leon. Since they first opened in Kentucky nearly twenty years ago, there are now locations in Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan, including three in the greater Lansing area.

Managers Alfredo and Perla Castanon of Adrian, a husband and wife team, are working hard to finish the extensive renovations.

“They didn’t anticipate how much money they were going to put into this place,” Perla Castanon said. “A lot of stuff has been remodeled or replaced.”

After an official inspection several weeks ago, they are now putting the final touches on the building. The last big step is laying a new floor in the kitchen. The restaurant will open pending a follow-up inspection.

The interior is filled with brightly colored furniture and murals celebrating the folk traditions of Mexico. Leon said he went to Mexico to select the hand-carved and hand-painted furniture.

The restaurant will also have a bar in the main room and a special room in the basement for large private parties of up to 60 guests. But despite these attractive amenities, food is the main attraction.

"Our food is prepared fresh each day," Leon said via telephone.

"It’s actually more authentic Mexican food," Perla Castanon said.

The menu is quite extensive with prices mostly in the 8 to 12 dollar range. Many combination plates are available. The restaurant will also offer carryout.

Alfredo Castanon was born in Mexico but his wife is a Michigander. Working his way up from washing dishes, cooking, and waiting tables in other restaurants, this will be his first job as manager. Most recently he worked at Fiesta Ranchera in Adrian.

“I have a lot of customers from Saline,” Alfredo Castanon said, referring to those who have traveled to Adrian for Mexican fare.

Salinians need to travel no longer. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Valerie Mann December 07, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I loved Ranchera when I taught at Adrian College - so excited they are opening here. The decor really brightens that place up - can't wait to go!
Karen Frank December 11, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Got to go in and see the inside and talk to Alfredo and Perla, the place is magnificent, the colors are so beautiful, can't. Wait for all of Saline to see. So nice. To see the new businesses coming to our town. They also have a large banquet room downstairs for some great parties....hope they open soon, I am hungry....
lindsay December 17, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I gave this restaurant a go this weekend. It's not good. Cheese sauce and oddly tasting tomato sauce. The ground beef is greasy and low quality. Both our dinners tasted low quality. Can't get real cheese even. It was bad. We mainly munched on the chips and salsa. We were hoping for a taste like those in Detroit (Mexicantown). Nope. Flavors are more similar to Mi Zarape. Pass on this place and hope that they either improve or are replaced by something good. If someone tells you it's good, then they haven't eaten good mexican food prepared right. Sorry, want people to have a successful business, but the food misses the mark.
Karen Frank December 18, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I also went on Friday, it was great.I grew up near Mexican Village so I know great Mexican food when I eat it.The cheese is Mexican cheese and is REAL! They do not use fake cheese..the Tortias are fresh, all good! Go and try it yourself, don't take one person opinion....I welcome them here in Saline, very nice people, attentive staff.
Edd C January 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM
hello? Phone number ?

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