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Posted on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 11:37 a.m.

New Mexican restaurant in Saline gets liquor license approval

By Cindy Heflin

Plans for a new Mexican restaurant in Saline took a step forward this week with City Council's approval of a liquor license for Cancun Mexican Grill, Saline Patch reported.


The new Cancun Mexican Grill will open in this space on East Michigan Avenue formerly occupied by the Signature Grill.

Photo courtesy of Swisher Commercial

City Council gave unanimous approval to the liquor license request Monday night, the website reported. The business also will be licensed to allow carryout of beer and wine, Patch reported.

The restaurant is taking over the 3,103-square-foot building at 405 E. Michigan Ave. just east of downtown Saline — a space most recently occupied by Signature Grill.

Restaurant owner Ismael Leon launched the first Cancun Mexican Grill in Kentucky in 1993. Since then, his business has expanded considerably, adding locations in Ohio and Michigan.

The building, which is owned by Dean Zahn Properties, has been vacant since 2009 when Signature Grill closed.

Read the Saline Patch article.



Thu, Aug 16, 2012 : 1:28 p.m.

This will be a boon for Saline law enforcement. Liquor in a Mexican joint in a town where they have cops working radar on bikes. They will be picking 'em off and collecting fines like crazy.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 6:55 p.m.

Any word on when they are opening the doors?


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

While I wish this new place luck...Saline already has a great Mexican place, Mi Zarape at the corner of Mich Ave and State Street. I love this place and they (somewhat) recently installed new tables that have colorful different artwork on each...very cool! The jumbo margarita's are the best in this area!


Thu, Aug 16, 2012 : 1:22 p.m.

Julie, is there new management at Wings-Pizza-N-Things? I have not been in the place in probably 2 years. The few times I did try it the food was average to poor but the reason I have never returned is because of how rudeness of the owner. Is it the same people that own it now?

Julie Lee

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 7:33 p.m.

@bobslowson - The Pizza Wings and Things at the Saline location is owned by a Mexican family from Saline. The Mexican dishes are not by the Pizza Wings and Things franchise. The franchise allows the owners to serve there own Mexican meals. Obviously you didn't know this.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 6:54 p.m.

OMG Pizza Wings and Things? Are you serious? That's like calling Taco Bell "authentic"

Julie Lee

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 6:06 p.m.

Mi Zarape isn't a great Mexican place. They are just below average for there meals. If you can't make it to Southwest Detroit, try El Camino Real near Briarwood or even WINGS-PIZZA-N-THINGS near WalMart. WINGS-PIZZA-N-THINGS have Mexican specials every day along other Mexican meals.


Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 5:37 p.m.

I was a former fan of Mi Zarape, but it is terrible now. Evidently they spent all their money on new tables so they had to cheapen up on the quality of the food. They also have some disrespectful waitstaff who think customers can be called "Buddy".

Superior Twp voter

Wed, Aug 15, 2012 : 4:02 p.m.

Yummy! Bring it!!