New Mexican restaurant coming to Bridgewater Falls as second area location

Taqueria El Comal Mexican Grill is scheduled to open inside the Bridgewater Falls lifestyle center in Fairfield Twp. on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Taqueria El Comal Mexican Grill is scheduled to open inside the Bridgewater Falls lifestyle center in Fairfield Twp. on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A new dining option opening Wednesday at Bridgewater Falls lifestyle center is the second location of a popular local Mexican cuisine restaurant.

Taqueria El Comal Mexican Grill at 3371 Princeton Road, Fairfield Twp., will offer dine-in, patio seating and carryout. The restaurant is still awaiting its liquor license, so alcohol will not be available for a few more weeks, according to the lifestyle center.

This will be the second location of Taqueria El Comal, which owner Jaime Nieto opened at 747 High St. in Hamilton in 2015, according to manager Samantha Fuentes.

“We started out small and we had a high demand from our customers to expand,”Fuentes told the Journal-News. “Ideas were given to us to look for an outside seating area, a bar and spacious seating inside. We decided Bridgewater Falls because of the very busy foot traffic and the missing Mexican authenticity concept.”

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The restaurant focuses on recipes brought directly from Mexico, including “authentic food from the streets of any small or large town of (Mexican state) Michoacán,” according to its website.

The menu at the new Taqueria El Comal is the same as the Hamilton location, and may be viewed at www.taqueriabridgewaterfalls.com.

The new location’s interior is 6,615 square feet and its patio seating area is 1,278 square feet. That gives it enough room for 42 tables of indoor dining and 14 tables of outdoor dining, Fuentes said.

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It has hired 20 employees and continues to add more in person, she said.

Bridgewater Falls, which saw fast-food burger franchise Burgerim close its doors Jan. 19, soon after announced that a new Mexican cuisine restaurant would be coming to the lifestyle center.

The 65-acre lifestyle center continues to negotiate with other national tenants and is seeking new local and regional restaurants and retailers to complement the existing businesses.

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