Brian Johnson/AFN Cheryl Chavez, co-owner and chef at Los Dos Molinos, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., said fresh ingredients incuding chilis are key to making good Mexican food. The restaurant is waiting for a few last-minute touches, such as a new sign, but had its "soft opening" a few weeks ago. Jan. 21, 2011

The windows may be dark and the name on the marquee isn't theirs but, with their legion of regulars, Los Dos Molinos is experiencing anything but a downtime after recently opening.

The new Ahwatukee Foothills restaurant, which occupies the Trios location, 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., had a "soft open" about three weeks ago. Since then, the people of Ahwatukee Foothills are talking, leading to a full-house on most nights and especially weekends.

Los Dos Molinos has five locations across the Phoenix-metro area. The first of the family-owned and operated chain of New Mexican-style cuisine opened more than 20 years ago in Springerville, Ariz. Daughter to original owners, Cheryl Chavez, is now co-proprietor and head chef at the Ahwatukee Foothills location.

"Our restaurants have always been about family," she said.

The grand opening will be when they receive their new sign, which Chavez said hopefully will be within a week or two. Until then, they have a partial menu and are using the time to train their staff.

"What was surprising to me is so many people who visited (the Molinos location in south Phoenix) live in the area," she said. "We have been really busy since opening."

Chavez is not sure what sets her family's recipes apart to bring the amount of success they have had, but she believes it has a lot to do with the quality and care put into the food, which is known to be a little on the spicy side.

"People say they love our beans, but I'm like, they're just beans," she said. "But then again how we prepare them is different from other places."

Chavez fills a variety of needs for Molinos. She prepares the food in the morning and cooks throughout the shift, shares the financial book work and still finds time to mingle with her guests.

"I like being out and talking to people and making sure their experience is the best it can be," Chavez said.

Molinos is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.



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They are only taking reservatons..due to staff training. They don't answer the phone to make reservations. It is pretty pathetic!


Reservations only in Tukee is just not a good strategy to win the patronhood of critical community. I tried to get takeout and the owner shared they were not setup for takeout. That's very sad.
Three months to work out the kinks is plenty of time to dial this in.
I wish them luck....just like we did for Shannon's, Shenanigians, Tiggos, and Babbalos...all failed Tukee concepts.
I'll give them one more chance as the "Los Dos" legacy should prevail.
--- Secret Diner



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