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Starters: posole, carnitas at Juanes Mexican Restaurant

A new Mexican restaurant has opened where in the East Amherst plaza space formerly occupied by Chester's Cajun.

Juanes Mexican Restaurant, 9416 Transit Road, opened in late January, said Daniel Paz, son of owner Juan Paz.

It's a family restaurant, staffed by Paz's relatives, Daniel Paz said. They hail from Apozol, Zacatecas state in Mexico. His father has been running a construction company in Western New York before opening his first restaurant, Daniel Paz said.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes are available at Juanes all day, though it doesn’t open until 11 a.m. most days.

Tacos (3 for $11.50), burritos, fajitas and combination plates comprise much of the menu. There's also appetizers like guacamole ($6), taco salads ($12.50) and soups like albondingas, meatball soup ($5/$9).

Eggs and chorizo with rice and beans at Juanes. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

On weekends two special soups are available, both $9. Posole (pork and hominy, top image) and menudo (tripe in chile broth), are served with chopped onion and cilantro ($9).

The restaurant will seat about 60 people.

Crispy pork carnitas plate at Juanes. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

A full bar liquor license has been applied for, but at present only soft drinks are available, he said. The plan is to offer a wide variety of margaritas, Mexican and domestic beer, and a wide variety of tequilas.

You can view the menu at juanesmr.com.

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday; Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Phone: 276-3434.

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