New Mexican Restaurant Plans to Open in Downtown Clawson in 2013

A February grand opening is planned for the new Mojave Cantina in Clawson.

Clawson has become a "foodie's dream." Within a short walk you can find Japanese Sushi, Vietnamese delicacies, Italian favorites, Greek specialties, microbrewery beer and soon—homemade Mexican dishes.

Mojave Cantina, currently in construction at at 48 West 14 Mile next to Pizza Hut, has been in the works since May with a proposed opening this past October. But there was more work than initially thought when owner and general contractor Phil Tsapatoris began the project. He virtually had to strip the building back to its foundation.

"It's moving along slowly, but surely," he said. "There were a lot of updates that this building needed. There were layer upon layer of people not correcting the issues but had just covered them up. We uncovered everything and did everything the right way back to the beginning. It's a complete rehab of the building both inside and out."

The West Bloomfield native has decades of restaurant and construction experience.

"It's going to be Tex-Mex food and live entertainment," he said. "We'll have Mojitos, Margaritas and authentic food. Everything will be fresh and not frozen. We are looking at a February opening,"

And Tsapatoris knows Clawson is a great place to open a business.

"Clawson is a great community and has a lot to offer. The residents are very loyal to the city and its a great opportunity to provide a restaurant for them and develop loyal customers," he said.

This is his first venture in Clawson and it's been first class treatment according to the builder.

"They've been very cooperative and very helpful with anything that we've come across," he said.

When finished the restaurant will have 3,200 square feet with both indoor and outdoor seating with 140 total seating capacity. It will feature several 60-inch TVs and live entertainment as well. The building also includes an insurance company in the rear and six residential apartments upstairs.

Jay Parker November 30, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Excited! Go Clawson!!
maddar November 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM
The building already looks 100% better... Keep up the good work. Thank you City of Clawson for not giving this small business owner problems on his new adventure.
johny5 November 30, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I heard a private room will be available for all functions. I always wanted a place to host my corporate meetings and holiday parties near my business.
Patty Hoffman Sheridan November 30, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Can't wait til it's open!! This should be a great addition to our community. GOOD LUCK with the build-out!
Mary Moyer Langston December 01, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Love Mexican food! So glad to have one open so close to home!
Haulin T Male December 01, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Mark S: Pretty factually historically correct. Not sure if fine dinning mix with Large screen T V's and live Entertainment, but we will find out. I love how this pc. starts out, what was for gotten was the hot dog place, and the place that cooks 85% of their stuff on the same cooking plate.
Haulin T Male December 01, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Maddar: What an unusual statement. Does Clawson have a reputation for giving businesses a hard time? What was suppose to happen in Sept. not happening till perhaps Feb. was why? that is 6 months with no income. The owner most wanted to open in Sept. or very least early Oct. ..............


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