Macayo’s in Mesa Carries on the Johnson Family Tradition of Outstanding Mexican Food

By Lynette Carrington

Macayo’s has been a cherished Valley tradition since 1946, and the Macayo’s in Mesa is a tried and true destination for exceptional Mexican food and cocktails. Founders Woody and Victoria Johnson were focused on delicious and traditional Mexican food with exceptional service – a tradition that is carried on today through three of their children who now own and operate Macayo’s, including Sharisse Johnson, the company’s CEO. The location has been the site of many a festive party over the years and now, Macayo’s is remodeling its restaurant to reflect a fresh new attitude and to appeal to a new generation of Mexican food fans, while continuing to impress those who have come to know and love traditional Macayo’s.

Director of Marketing and Brand Management for Macayo’s, Ashley Negron explains, “We’re remodeling right now and we’re open during the remodel. It’s a huge location and its multi-level. It’s a progressive remodel and it will be a beautiful restaurant. We’re opening up the front more so you can see through the restaurant out to the lake and we’ll have a large front patio, too.” Additionally, the remodel will feature a “to-go” area to better serve Macayo’s customers picking up orders. New booths, tables, chairs and a freshly painted interior and exterior will also be a part of the remodel, along with expanded rooms.

“The remodel will encompass a modern Mexican feel,” Negron continues. “Where the fireplace is now will be a huge plate wall that will include decorative Mexican plates and pottery. We’ll do a bit of renovation to the bar, for ease of flow and service. We’re also adding an upstairs patio extended off the bar.” The Mesa location remodel is set to be completed by January 2016.

The Mesa Macayo’s will continue to feature the core, traditional menu that customers have grown to know and love. It will also begin to include some new menu items that have initially been rolled out at its test kitchen in Scottsdale. “We’ll have new uniforms and new music, too,” Negron adds.

“For the holidays, we have private rooms available for parties at the Mesa location,” states Negron. “They can be upstairs, downstairs or outside.”

Happy hour at Macayo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina is really something special. From 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, guests will enjoy appetizers ranging from $3.75 to $5.00, $3 happy hour margaritas, draft beer and domestic bottles and $6 featured margaritas, wine and red sangria.

Be on the lookout for the fishbowl at Macayo’s. Drop your business card in and two winners each month will receive a free happy hour appetizer buffet for up to 30 people!

Macayo’s invites all its guests to “Join The Family” via its online link. The free Macayo’s membership includes a delicious gift when you first join, Macayo’s special news and events, exclusive offers and coupons and e-club anniversary treats.

Family-owned and operated, Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen has been serving fresh, homemade Mexican cuisine since 1946! Still used today, almost 70 years later, are the signature recipes created by original owners Woody and Victoria Johnson. These two were committed to quality ingredients served with a warm and friendly touch.

Woody and Victoria Johnson began Macayo’s in 1946, opening their first restaurant on Central Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona. That day they established the standards on food quality, freshness and guest experience that continue today. You will taste the tradition at every table, in every dish and every flavorful ingredient! Every family has their secrets, the Johnson’s just happen to be recipes!

Macayo’s has 12 Arizona locations in Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix, Glendale, Surprise, Goodyear, Casa Grande and Tucson. Visit for individual locations. Macayo’s Mesa is located at 1920 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa. Call (480) 820-0237 for additional information and quotes for catering and in-restaurant banquets.

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