El Melvin Cocina Mexicana expands hours to include Lunch and Happy Hour

El Melvin Cocina Mexicana expands hours to include Lunch and Happy Hour

SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 26, 2020) –  Craving some savory Mexican for lunch?  How about a fun and lively happy hour addition to the downtown Sarasota scene?  El Melvin Cocina Mexicana is fulfilling both with expanded hours to include weekday lunches and daily happy hours.  Lunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and Happy Hour, 3 p.m. to 7:00 pm (Monday-Friday) and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.  A new dinner menu is also in the works and  planned to debut in early December.

“We’re excited to bring an elevated, yet still casual and engaging approach to the food and social atmosphere that typifies the classic Mexican dining experience,” said Mitch Good, co-owner of El Melvina Cocina Mexicana. “This includes a diverse menu ranging from Taqueria style street tacos to creative twists on the classics, including flavorful salads, burritos, fajitas, carnitas, short ribs, steak and fish dishes,” Good added.

Lunch Menu Highlights

Highlights of El Melvin Cocina Mexicana’s new lunch menu includes Taqueria-style street tacos, ranging from Roasted Mushroom, Poblano Rajas, Queso, Onion, Cilantro and Green Chile Mayo to Carnitas, Chicken Tinga and Short Rib Birria ($3.50 each).  Express-style lunch entrees, which include complimentary homemade chips and salsa and soft drink, range from Shrimp Coctel Salad and Tuna Poke Tostada, to Chicken Chimichanga, Queso Burger, Fajitas and a Bueno Bowl, including choice of rice or quinoa, adobo chicken, seasonal vegetables, black beans, avocado, romaine, jalapeno queso and chipotle crema. Express lunch menu prices range from $11-$14.

Daily Happy Hour

Available in the bar and at high top tables, from 3-7 pm weekdays and 3-5 pm on weekends, an extensive creative modern Mexican menu includes bar snacks such as Mexican Street Corn Riblets, Piggy Poppers and Wings with housemade sauces and glazes to Open Faced Quesadillas, Taco Royale, Nachos and Enchilada Rojo, ranging from $5-$6.  A Taco Flight showcases five different specialties including Carnitas, Baja Fish, Pastor, Tinga and Picadillo for $15.  Drink specials include $6 El Melvin Margaritas and $5 Sangria by the glass or Land Shark Lager draft beers.  In addition, nightly specials are also being offered, including Monday service industry appreciation night with 50% off all tacos at the bar; Taqueria Tuesdays with $2 El Pastor street tacos made at the mid-restaurant grill; $1 Wing Wednesdays; and Thirsty Thursdays offering 50 percent off El Melvin Margaritas all night. 

Dining Options & COVID Safety Policies

Located at 1355 Main Street in downtown Sarasota, El Melvin Cocina Mexicana is open seven days a week starting at 11 a.m. with lunch served Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Happy Hour Monday -Friday 3 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 3-5 p.m. Dinner runs daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Weekend Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays 10 am. to 3 p.m.  Curbside pick-up and takeout are also available.

For the safety of diners and staff, El Melvin Cocina Mexicana is adhering to all CDC and State recommendations with regard to COVID policies.

For more information and restaurant updates, visit their website or Facebook, call 941-366-1618 or visit El Melvin Sarasota on Facebook and Instagram.

About El Melvin Cocina Mexicana

Co-owned and operated by childhood friends and partners Mitch Good and Matt Hess, El Melvin Cocina Mexicana is an entrepreneurial spin off from a storied chicken farm and grocery store family history.  Mitch’s grandfather, Melvin Mitchell, for which the restaurant is named, led this spirit, growing up and working on a chicken farm for Victor Weaver which grew to Weaver’s Chicken and eventually sold to Tyson Chicken in 1989. It was also through Melvin that Sarasota came into play, when after Tyson Chicken was sold, he took some of the money to buy a vacation home at The Meadows Country Club.  Mitch’s father followed suit, starting and selling a grocery store business with Melvin and then buying a vacation home in Sarasota.

As part of the family legacy, Mitch’s father also wanted to help his son in a business venture.  A five-year pursuit landed Mitch and Matt in Sarasota and shortly thereafter, a timely meeting to take over Two Senoritas restaurant in downtown Sarasota took place.  The restaurant’s 25-year family owned history and location, despite being a restaurant and high failure rate, appealed to the two friends.  On the day of the meeting, Melvin passed away. Mitch took this as a sign to pursue the Two Senoritas opportunity. The two closed on the deal in  August 2019.

Today, Mitch and Matt carry on the family legacy through their commitment to hospitality, fostering relationships with customers and staff, and delivering a unique and engaging authentic dining concept that celebrates family, culture, and friendships.

Photos courtesy of El Melvin Cocina Mexicana

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