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The Austin-based eatery with locations in Chandler and Scottsdale, Z’Tejas, is on to its newest AZ location. Speaking with What Now Phoenix, COO Robby Nethercut said the new Z’Tejas, a free-standing building on E Baseline Road in Mesa, will find itself happily situated about mid-way between the two existing locations.
Z’Tejas is a Southwest Grill, and they mean grill—all the proteins come prepared on a grill rather than in the oven or on a flattop—with influences from three American regional cuisines. “The three gentlemen who started the company originally, one was from Phoenix, one was from Austin, and one was from the Louisiana Delta, so when you look around our menu you see the blending of those three cuisines,” says Nethercut.
Given Z’Tejas has been around for 32 years, the menu has changed a bit, but some items have endured. The Catfish Beignets, Smoked Chicken Chile Relleno, and Diablo Pasta are all classic Z’Tejas bites, and each does a good job of representing one of the three influencing cuisines on the menu.
So what can you expect from the newest AZ Z’Tejas? Nethercut says the Mesa location is a little over 3,000 square feet on the interior, and should have between 2,000 and 2,500 square feet of patio space once all is said and done. Not only can you expect décor along the lines of the Scottsdale Z’Tejas, the Mesa location will feature wall murals by AZ artist Isaac Caruso. The patio space will come equipped with heaters and misters to accommodate any AZ weather and keep patrons feeling comfortable.
Nethercut tells What Now Phoenix the E Baseline location should be open by February of 2022.
Oh, and in addition to the Z’Tejas expansion, the group behind the brand has also launched Woo Woo Burgers, a casual, affordable ghost kitchen concept, out of their Ray Rd. Chandler location. You can order your meal online or head on over to the parking lot for a post-hike bite. Simply park at any available Woo Woo Burgers parking spot and text the number listed on the sign. The ghost kitchen concept launched in late May.