Alicia’s Mexican Grille, 20420 Southwest Freeway, is slated to open in February. This foray into the Sugar Land/ Richmond area will make the fifth location for the family-owned and operated restaurant which was founded in Cypress, Texas in 2006 by David and Alicia Herrera. David Herrera came to the United States with his parents from El Salvador at the age of 18 and cut his culinary teeth working with Tony Vallone at his eponymous restaurant, Tony’s. Herrera and his wife saved for 27 years to open their first restaurant.
The family prides itself on making everything from scratch, including the salsa and tamales. The beef fajitas are made with certified Black Angus beef. The full bar offers beer and wine, but savvy patrons know to order a blood orange margarita or the Casamigos skinny rita.
The new restaurant will feature the same earth tones and high ceilings of the other locations, with the design coming from architect Mike Treadway and interior decorator Deborah Goolsby, who also collaborated on other restaurants in the Herrera portfolio, including Dario’s, Marvino’s and Galiana’s.