The Shoppes at Buckland Hills will get a new restaurant late this spring!
Toro Azteca will open in the former Bertucci's space at The Shoppes at Buckland Hills. The restaurant will feature a Mexican theme. The new concept is owned by Plaza Azteca, another Mexican restaurant with locations throughout the East Coast. The concept is similar to the parent company's concept. It is unknown whether the overlap will affect sales at either location; or whether Plaza Azteca will close after this new concept opens.
When pressed for comment in January, Plaza Azteca said 'As of right now and the immediate future we will be staying at 170 Slater Street in Manchester.'
Bertucci's closed in April of 2018, the parent company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. The chain closed more than 15 locations directly after the filiing. Bertucci's was bought out of bankruptcy by Earl Enterprises, owner of Planet Hollywood, Earl of Sandwich, and Buca di Beppo. The Bertucci's space was formerly home to 'The Blue Turtle', a Dave & Buster's style bar owned by Mystic Aquarium. The space was originally home to the Filene's Home Store before being subdivided.
Plaza Azteca has 40 locations on the East Coast, with a Plaza Azteca Express concept under construction in Virginia. A new location of Plaza Azteca recently opened in Lebanon, Pa, with another location planned in South Fargo, Va. Plaza Azteca closed their Enfield, CT restaurant last year after lackluster sales. The chain was started in 1990 in Virgina Beach and has continued to expand in their nearly 30 years of operation.