Tex-Mex restaurant Tijuana Flats held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Nocatee Town Center location June 23. Located at 41 Settlement Drive, the restaurant shares a building with the community’s recently opened Starbucks.
Attendees at the event received several colorful gifts sporting the Tijuana Flats logo, including frisbees, cups, sunglasses, bracelets and drink koozies. The restaurant also presented a $5,500 donation to the Ponte Vedra-based nonprofit K9s for Warriors. To raise the funds, the Tijuana Flats Just in Queso Foundation sold hot sauces and took donations in its Jacksonville area stores throughout the month of April.
“Supporting our military and veterans is a key component to the Tijuana Flats Just in Queso Foundation and we feel they are doing great work to support our warriors,” said Randy Stiel, executive director of the foundation. “Overall throughout all of our stores company wide, we raised a total of $25,000 that we donated to five different organizations.”
Tijuana Flats, which originated in Winter Park, Florida, now has more than 120 locations throughout multiple states. The Nocatee location is the chain’s ninth restaurant to open in the greater Jacksonville area, and according to Tijuana Flats CEO Larry Ryback, the growing Nocatee community was a natural fit for the company.
“Our locations in North Florida are very successful,” Ryback said. “We look forward to expanding here.”