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Vallarta Mexican Restaurant owner Maria Gaytan clutches a pair of scissors and restaurant manager Martin Dominguez holds up a ceremonial key during a ribbon-cutting for the establishment April 11. Restaurant staff and representatives from the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce surround them to mark the occasion. (Contributed photo by Catoosa County Chamber)

Ringgold has a new contender for fans of Mexican cuisine.

After opening its doors to the public on April 3 and hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 11, business at Vallarta Mexican Restaurant is in full swing.

The restaurant, located at 23 Legion St., is owned by Maria Gaytan and managed by her son, Martin Dominguez. With two other "Vallarta Taqueria" restaurants already established in Dalton and Rome, the Ringgold eatery will be the family's third location.

"It feels like a pretty good city to work [in]," said Dominguez.

Though Ringgold has no shortage of Mexican options, Dominguez says Vallarta sets itself apart by offering both authentic Mexican food as well as Tex-Mex favorites.

"A lot of people have come, and most of them have liked the food," he said. "They say it's different, they've never seen nothing like this."

Dominguez encourages all to stop by, and to keep an eye out for weekly specials, which he said are coming soon.

The restaurant is open Monday-Thursday from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Email Myron Madden at mmadden@timesfreepress.com.

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