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482 clicks; posted to Food » on 07 Dec 2021 at 10:05 AM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-12-07 10:14:25 AM  
Proving once again, You don't make friends with salad.
 
2021-12-07 10:39:27 AM  
Those salads do have a southwest flair to them and I would consider them to be a Mexican-American crossover. Not TexMex since it has too much salad and not enough beef or pork.

The salad oint could probably argue that the ingredients are found in Arizona and New Mexico cooking, which last I checked, are both in the USA and not in Mexico.
 
2021-12-07 10:45:18 AM  
What a pissy little lawsuit. One asshole owner nitpicky about a single item on the menu. The other asshole owner not simply dropping the offending menu item. Karen -vs- Karen?
 
2021-12-07 11:00:42 AM  
Just change the name to Pennsylvania salad and move on.
 
2021-12-07 11:11:15 AM  
Hard to argue that you didn't intend for the food to be Mexican when you name the salad "Viva Mexico Chop".

That being said, this is stupid. I would guess the intention of the clause in the contract was to keep the landlord from leasing out another full-on Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant. If this salad place has something with a southwest flair among dozens of other Midwest, drowned in Ranch salads, then let it go.
 
2021-12-07 11:20:41 AM  

Cortez the Killer: Hard to argue that you didn't intend for the food to be Mexican when you name the salad "Viva Mexico Chop".

That being said, this is stupid. I would guess the intention of the clause in the contract was to keep the landlord from leasing out another full-on Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant. If this salad place has something with a southwest flair among dozens of other Midwest, drowned in Ranch salads, then let it go.


There's also the Santa Fe Chop (presumably as in Santa Fe, New Mexico) and "a group of products called Chopurritos". I'd say the owner has a legitimate complaint, at least for the removal of the items. I'm with you, if it was just one thing, I'd say let it go, but it looks like a variety. Not that I'm going to a salad shop because I want tacos, but I can understand they don't want the competition.
 
2021-12-07 11:34:08 AM  
There will be a follow up hearing to determine the salad's immigration status
 
2021-12-07 12:38:16 PM  
violates Café Rio's lease which stipulates that the shopping plaza isn't allowed to have any other restaurants that serve "Mexican or Tex-Mex food

So it's a heavy-handed business practice to eliminate competition.  Neat.
 
2021-12-07 12:50:12 PM  
Look into the back, it's all Mexican food.
 
2021-12-07 12:58:54 PM  
I saw a "Santa Fe" burrito in an airport once that had bell peppers (and no chiles) and got mad.
 
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2021-12-07 1:12:36 PM  
I'd like to know how they do end up defining what constitutes Mexican or Tex-Mex food.
 
2021-12-07 1:23:31 PM  

skyotter: violates Café Rio's lease which stipulates that the shopping plaza isn't allowed to have any other restaurants that serve "Mexican or Tex-Mex food

So it's a heavy-handed business practice to eliminate competition.  Neat.


Co-tenant requirements are a standard part of most commercial leases, both prohibited competition and required occupation (so Radio Shack doesn't have to pick up the repair or plow bill for the entire shopping plaza when the anchor grocery store closes.

That said picking a fight like this with the landlord is going to do them no good in the long run. When they want to expand and occupancy is high they're going to find it hard to find space at reasonable rates because every leasing manager in the region will remember this lawsuit and would rather have basically any other restaurant as a tenant.
 
2021-12-07 2:25:07 PM  
Don't care. Cafe Rio is really damn good for fast food texmex. Have one like 2 blocks from the house.

Steak burrito actually tastes like decently cooked steak, not tough or chewy, moist and tender.

Even the produce that comes with it like lettuce and stuff is top notch. No wilting or browning.
 
2021-12-07 4:36:55 PM  

CordycepsInYourBrain: What a pissy little lawsuit. One asshole owner nitpicky about a single item on the menu. The other asshole owner not simply dropping the offending menu item. Karen -vs- Karen?


Sounds like the salad place is a chain, so I'm not sure they have much autonomy with the menu.
 
2021-12-07 11:50:19 PM  
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