Scottsdale-based Mexican restaurant Jalapeño Inferno will expand to Peoria this fall.
The new location — which joins two long-standing Jalapeño Inferno outlets in North Scottsdale — will be in the newly renovated Park West outdoor shopping complex at 99th and Northern Avenues, just west of Loop 101.
"We felt there was good energy going on at the center and wanted to be a part of it," owner Terry Craig said in a news release. "Park West's owners are being aggressive about positioning the property as a lifestyle center, and wanted a new profile of modern restaurants and other tenants.”
The Peoria location will be 4,736 square feet, the largest footprint yet for the colorful "bistro Mexicano" concept.
Jalapeño Inferno has gained popularity among Scottsdale diners for its authentic fare, which ranges from sides like street corn and ceviche to elaborate margaritas to dishes, such as tomatillo chicken enchiladas with cotija cheese.
The original location at Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak roads opened in December 1999, while the second spot, located in the upscale Market Street at DC Ranch, debuted in October 2014.
The menu will be the same as the two other locations, updated twice a year for seasonal specialties. As always, dishes will showcase locally sourced ingredients, such as tortillas, produce and proteins, with organic options preferred whenever possible.
“I’ll still function as corporate chef and oversee all food and beverage, but we will be looking for a talented, ambitious new chef to handle the day-to-day operations,” said Mr. Craig.
The new spot's décor will incorporate some of the original Jalapeño Inferno statements, including spacious covered patios, an indoor/outdoor bar, a patio fire wall (the inferno), courtyard seating and flexible banquet space to accommodate larger groups.
The architecture and design work is being performed by Brick + West Design of Phoenix, which is notable for contemporary restaurant clients including the Postino group, Joyride Taco House, Culinary Dropout, CHoP Chandler and Dakota Bar and Restaurant.