Hussong's Cantina to anchor Washington Ave development

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November 12, 2013
By: Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

A Mexican restaurant called Hussong's Cantina will occupy the first floor and rooftop of developer Mike Roess's three-floor project at 901 Washington Ave S.

Hussong's Cantina is a restaurant chain that first opened in Esenada, Mexico in 1892. It claims to be the inventor of the margarita, and more recently it has expanded into a location in the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas and the Silver Legacy casino in Reno. Jeff Borman, who also owns a stake in New Bohemia in Northeast, will own and operate Hussong's.

An "international, upscale, edgy, high-quality" furniture store will take up residence in the second floor, according to Andrea Christenson, vice-president of Cassidy Turley, which is in charge of leasing the new development.

"There's a lot going on in that neighborhood," said Christenson, who lives nearby. "The retail is really going to start building up. It's been long underserved and I think there's a lot of pent-up demand."

Roess said there may be room for another small retail space, perhaps a coffee shop, on the western tip of the property.