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Casa de Cha Cha’s opening soon in Massena

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MASSENA — If all goes according to Maya Garcia’s plan, by the end of next month the village once again will have a Mexican restaurant.

Ms. Garcia is opening Casa de Cha Cha’s in the former home of Italian on the Run, 396 S. Main St.

“We’re hoping to be open by the middle of next month, but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Ms. Garcia said while sitting in a booth at her restaurant.

Italian on the Run has moved to the Harte Haven Plaza space formerly held by Amigo’s, the last non-fast-food Mexican restaurant in Massena.

Ms. Garcia said “Casa de Cha Cha’s” translates as “the house of servants” or “house of helpers,” referring to the kind of experience she hopes customers will have at the restaurant.

“It’s going to be authentic Mexican food, and none of our meats or veggies will ever be frozen,” she said.

Casa de Cha Cha’s will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Ms. Garcia said that while the menu remains a work in progress, breakfast offerings will include machaca, a dish made with scrambled eggs, seasoned shredded beef and grilled vegetables.

The eatery also will serve chorizo, a Mexican sausage, as well as a variety of breakfast burritos.

The lunch menu will include traditional tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos.

Ms. Garcia said the dinner menu will offer combo platters that will be served with homemade beans and rice.

In addition to enchiladas and chimichangas, the eatery will feature a couple of specialty platters: carnitas, a shredded pork dish, and carne asada, which is marinated strips of steak.

“We want to be known for our carne asada,” Ms. Garcia said.

She also said she’s hoping to be supportive of area schools and organizations.

The restaurant will debut its community-service efforts next month, when the Massena Central High School spring ticket packages become available.

The brochures, which are available for $20 each, will include coupons for Casa de Cha Cha’s as well as several other area businesses.

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