If local residents have a taste for Mexican food, their heyday is coming soon. Two new restaurants are on the way that will serve the spicy ethnic food.
Larry Johns recently purchased the former BJ's building which is located next to Carriage Lane. The restaurant - which will be named Chili Peppers - is currently under renovations to make it look less bar-like and more family oriented.
Mr. Johns' wife, Carmen, will be in charge of the food. They both think their new place is something Thomson could use.
"It's something that we felt like might make it here," Mr. Johns said. "...I feel like we can provide better service and better food than a lot of restaurants."
In addition to Americanized Mexican food, Chili Peppers will conduct an authentic Mexican night. The restaurant will also have American food available, such as hamburgers, French fries and butterfly shrimp.
Mr. Johns said the target for opening the new restaurant is Dec. 1. As of now, the restaurant's projected hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
"We want to make it nice, so when people come in they have a nice, cozy experience and they will enjoy their trip," Mr. Johns said.
The other new Mexican restaurant is one that patrons to the Augusta area will recognize. According to Jan Freeman - owner of the building that formerly housed Tricky's Barbecue - Monterrey's will be moving into the Augusta Highway location.
Ms. Freeman said an opening date has not been set because leftover damage to the building still needs to be repaired. She said the repairs, along with installing new fixtures for Monterrey's, could take up to four months.