Authentic Mexican restaurant opens its doors near Cranberry Township

June 5, 2013 by  

Lovers of Mexican food have a new option for dining out in Cranberry Township. At the end of May, Emiliano’s Restaurant opened in what was once a CiCi’s Pizza restaurant in the Cranberry Mall.

Although the restaurant has been open since May 18, the grand opening of the establishment is not scheduled until June 11. The restaurant’s menu features a number of options, including a California burrito and Taco Stand street tacos. The burrito is filled with black beans, rice, cheese, sour cream and a meat filling, such as chicken or steak.

Along with classic Mexican food, the restaurant also offers a full bar. Drinks include margaritas, sangria, and a large selection of beers, which includes Mexican and craft beer options. Emiliano’s will offer Happy Hour specials each day. The restaurant can make use of banner printing to promote its daily drink specials.

Although the space Emiliano’s is in was once a chain pizza restaurant, all traces of the former establishment have been erased. The owner, Benny Ulloa, spent three months renovating the restaurant space. A large water fountain is in the center of the 5,000 square foot restaurant, creating the feel of an outdoor courtyard. A wall of plants divides the bar area from the dining area, and other touches include tiled tables, a stone wall, and carefully chosen lighting.

Emiliano’s is named after Ulloa’s son, who is six-years-old. It is the third Emiliano’s in the Pittsburgh area. The other two restaurants are in Richland Township and the South Side.