A Mexican restaurant will open in the former Wahlburgers space of the Westfield Trumbull shopping center

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TRUMBULL — There are plenty of places that offer Tex-Mex food, but authentic Mexican cuisine is a rarity in Connecticut, according to Gabriela Velazquez, one of the owners of Guacamole’s Mexican Cuisine.

Guacamole’s, which is due to open its third location at the Westfield Trumbull shopping center next month, will fill the space left behind when Wahlburgers closed last year. The restaurant already has locations in Branford and at the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford.

When it opens, Guacamole will likely add a new set of flavors to mall offerings, Velazquez said.

“We have authentic Mexican food,” she said. “We want to bring a bit of everything from Mexico.”

Velazquez is particularly proud of the restaurant’s selection of seafood dishes, including camarones calientes (shrimp sautéed butterfly-wrapped in their shells and cooked in a spicy red sauce with roasted red peppers), filete empanizado (breaded tilapia served with white rice, a spring salad and sliced ​​avocado) and others.

Rina Bakalar, director of economic and community development for Trumbull, said there is a lot of excitement about the new restaurant.

“We are happy to see this great new dining option coming to our mall to fill the space of the former Wahlburger,” she said. “A full-service Mexican restaurant fits perfectly into Trumbull’s restaurant line-up.”

Wahlburgers opened to much fanfare in 2017 as it was the flagship burger chain’s first Connecticut location. The company is owned by the Wahlberg brothers – chef Paul Wahlberg and actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg – although the Trumbull site is run by a local franchisee.

But, at the end of 2020, a handwritten sign appeared on the door of the restaurant stating that it was closed “until further notice”. Shortly after, Bakalar confirmed that the restaurant was unlikely to return to the mall.

Velazquez said the former Wahlburgers spot appealed to Guacamole because the company has had success with mall locations.

“We looked at Trumbull and there’s a lot of traffic. I think we’ll do pretty well there,” she said.

Trumbull Guacamole is tentatively scheduled to open on January 15, and Velazquez said she already senses people are eager to see what the restaurant has to offer.

“We’ve actually been there cleaning up and we’ve had a lot of people asking when we’re going to open,” she said.

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