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Springfield’s Cantina Laredo at 4109 S. National Ave. has closed. It will be replaced by Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina.
Springfield’s Cantina Laredo at 4109 S. National Ave. has closed. It will be replaced by Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina.

Cantina Laredo out, Los Cabos in

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One Mexican restaurant will be swapped for another this summer, after Cantina Laredo closed the doors of its lone Springfield location.

Signage on the front door of the 4109 S. National Ave. building announced the permanent closure of Cantina Laredo, which opened in September 2013. Texas-based Cantina Laredo, which also has Missouri locations in Branson and Clayton, is one of several restaurant food chains held by Consolidated Restaurant Operations Inc. Messages left for Bill Watson, vice president of marketing with Dallas-based CRO, were not returned by deadline.

Steve Heil, who formerly operated Springfield Pasta Co. at the site, launched Springfield’s Cantina Laredo. Heil also could not be reached for comment by deadline.

At the South National building, crew members with Springfield’s Nesbitt Construction Inc. were working on-site Monday, as a banner near the top of the structure showed Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina is coming soon.

Brad Sellers, project superintendent with Nesbitt Construction, said the building is undergoing some light remodeling in advance of a planned Aug. 1 opening. Sellers described the new restaurant’s look as South Beach cantina-style, noting booths are being reupholstered along with new paint and fixtures. Andrea Deckard of A. Deckard Interiors is handling the building’s interior design.

“You’re going to see pinks and turquoise,” Sellers said. “We don’t have too many pink and turquoise buildings in Springfield.”

Michael Nesbitt, president of Nesbitt Construction, said his company started the project May 31, after being notified about it two months earlier.

“It’s essentially a cosmetic remodel,” he said, adding the project should be complete by late July.

Nesbitt said 6 B’s Restaurant Management Group, based in Oklahoma, will lease the space. Jim Blacketer of 6 B’s Restaurant Management Group was unavailable for comment by deadline. Pasta Holding LLC is the property owner, according to Greene County assessor records. Heil is listed among others in the Missouri secretary of state filing for the LLC.

According to the restaurant’s website, Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina is a casual upscale Mexican restaurant, with the intent of bringing a Los Cabos, Mexico, resort feel to its establishments. Among its menu offerings are carnitas, blackened tilapia, fajitas, burritos and enchiladas.

The first Los Cabos opened in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2005, according to the website, and there are two additional locations in Oklahoma and one in Independence. Springfield will be the fifth location for the chain and the second in Missouri.

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