New restaurants are an exciting attraction for everyone, especially the students of the University of West Georgia (UWG). It creates an opportunity for them to add a new name to their otherwise overused list of dinner ideas. This is especially the case when the restaurant aims its food and prices towards the students and their wallets.
La Finca Mexican Bar and Grill fits this ideal image perfectly. The family-oriented and family-owned Mexican restaurant is scheduled to open Sept. 14th. The manager, Alexander Terrell, plans to make their first few weeks full of promotional deals. During their opening week, customers get 25 percent off of their tab.
“We want to work with people,” said Terrell. “We’re doing these promotions to get customers in the door.”
This is not Terrell’s first endeavor at a restaurant; he and his mother, Noemi Villanueva, previously opened and operated La Salsa Mex, but recently sold it. With the money, they decided to open La Finca. Their family operates several Mexican restaurants throughout Carrollton, but Terrell understands that opening a new place is not an easy thing to do.
“We know we’re the underdog compared to the other restaurants around us,” said Terrell. “That is why we are trying to get as many students as possible to come check it out.”
La Finca’s main attraction is their low prices. The current price range for their menu is between $6 and $11. Their lunch menu, which offers a broad range of cheaper items, has an average range of $5 to $9. These prices are ideal for students, and UWG students can get an additional discount of 15 percent off all meals when they present their student ID at the end of the meal.
“We make it affordable for the students because we know what it is like,” said Terrell. “We definitely want to support West Georgia, because it is definitely important to us.”
Terrell’s recommended dish for people to try is their arroz con pollo, or ACP. It consists of rice, chicken and cheese. This traditionally Hispanic dish is closely related to paella and it is a popular item that is “customizable for any customer.”
An attractive detail about La Finca is their stage. Although Terrell does not have any entertainment lined up at the moment, he hinted that the restaurant might feature trivia, karaoke or a band sometime down the road.
“We’re so busy trying to set everything up,” said Terrell. “However, we want to do whatever we can to let people know that food and customers are our number one priority.”
La Finca is located at 727 Bankhead Highway. The current hours are 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Students should keep an eye out for changes in their hours, as Terrell said they hope to try to extend our hours once everything gets settled in.