El Jimador opens a new Mexican restaurant in Irmo, SC



El Jimador is about to open a fifth Mexican restaurant in the Columbia area. A location at 1072 Lake Murray Blvd. at Irmo will open in 2022, a spokesperson said.

A new location in a small chain of Mexican restaurants is coming to Irmo.

El Jimador Restaurante is slated to open later in January at 1072 Lake Murray Blvd. at Irmo. The restaurant will be located next to Dems Fine Jewelers. A restaurant spokesperson said construction of the facility is complete and is awaiting a license.

El Jimador restaurants are owned by chef Francisco Macias and offer a number of traditional, regional, and homemade Mexican dishes, as well as numerous beverage offerings. El Jimador also offers wings and salads and has a robust menu of seafood specialties.

Irmo’s location will be the fifth El Jimador in the Midlands. There are also two locations in Lexington, one on Fashion Drive in northeast Columbia and one on Knox Abbott Drive in Cayce.

The Irmo El Jimador will open onto a busy corridor. State Department of Transportation traffic count statistics indicate that approximately 25,000 cars per day pass through this stretch of Lake Murray Boulevard, a commercial stretch that is home to a number of stores, restaurants, and other businesses.

Chris Trainor has worked for newspapers in South Carolina for more than 17 years, including previous stints at the (Greenwood) Index-Journal and the (Columbia) Free Times. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the South Carolina Press Association, including honors in column writing, government reporting, profile writing, food writing, election coverage, and more.


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