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Manhattan Beach's Pancho's to Downtown Summerlin?

Is Downtown Summerlin's Mexican restaurant a Pancho's spin-off?

There is no official confirmation, but signs are pointing to California's Pancho's Mexican restaurant creating a second home for the Manhattan Beach favorite in Downtown Summerlin.

The newly opened Summerlin mega-mall has been very tight lipped about past and future tenants, including a failure to admit an Eater Vegas reveal that Apple was on its way. Current plywood now provides that confirmation.

Buried in Downtown Summerlin press releases and maps is news Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant will fill space D1 on Lavender Hill Drive, a few steps from Capriotti's and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

In July, the Lawrence family, who owns the original Pancho's, created Pancho's Las Vegas LLC, a good, but surprising indicator the over 50 year old establishment is now looking to expand locally.

The lively Manhattan Beach sports bar, one block from the ocean and with close ties to the Raiders and Dodgers, features a full menu of authentic Mexican dishes. Pancho's is also known for regular live entertainment, from karaoke to jazz combos. Although famed for their margaritas, the tale of the Harvey Wallbanger originating with Pancho's is an urban cocktail legend.

Filled with plants and walls stacked with antiques and curios, Pancho's is decorated with small fountains on the patio and welcomes guests through twelve foot tall doors "salvaged from a castle in Spain." A large stained-glass window is from an "old mansion near Cincinnati, Ohio" and it's also home to a "wrought iron sculpture of famous bandido, Emiliano Zapata."

In Summerlin, the exterior of lot D1 will resemble the austere, modern, rectangular design of its neighbors. No timetable for a Pancho's debut, of any origin, has been announced.

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