The Mexican restaurant Señor Tequila opened Thursday in downtown Port Huron, filling an empty space for more than two years.
Located in the former location of Martina’s Grill at 321 Huron Ave., the restaurant is owned and operated by two brothers, Andres and Juan Perez. The restaurant draws inspiration from the brothers’ Mexican heritage by serving authentic dishes, such as street tacos, moist burritos, and poblano-stuffed peppers.
While Andres Perez said they originally planned to open in August, they wanted to wait to open until they received their liquor license.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Andres Perez said business was steady for their first day and he received lots of positive feedback. Customers filled about half the stalls around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, dipping into dishes and drinking brightly colored margaritas.
“It makes me feel special to see a lot of people I know from the city,” he said.
Ryan Bostwick and Sarah Brennan, both real estate agents in Port Huron, stopped by the new restaurant for their lunch break. They said they were excited to have a different dining option in the area.
“The food was amazing,” Bostwick said.
Andres Perez said the restaurant needs staff for all positions, including hosts, servers, bartenders and busses. Those interested in working at the restaurant should stop by and inquire about open positions, call (810) 432-8838 or visit their Facebook page at Señor Tequila Mexican Restaurant.
Learn more about the brothers
The brothers also own and operate Mexican restaurant Jose’s in Sault Ste. Marie, and found Port Huron while looking for a location for a second restaurant.
The brothers immigrated to Atlanta, Georgia from Guadalajara, Mexico with their family in search of a better life as children. They got their start in the restaurant business with their father, who owned and operated Mexican restaurants in Atlanta during their childhood.
Andre Perez said he followed his uncle to Michigan, who operates a Mexican restaurant in Marquette. He said he had worked in restaurants all his life, going from managing restaurants to opening Jose’s and now Señor Tequila.
Contact Laura Fitzgerald at (810) 941-7072 or [email protected].