For 50 years, Pancho's Mexican restaurant has been part of the California coastal community of Manhattan Beach and by fall, they will become a central part of the southern dining district of Downtown Summerlin.
For their first out-of-state expansion, Pancho's will occupy a built-from-scratch, standalone, 10,500-square-foot site neighboring Capriotti's Sandwich Shop and Panda Express. Just for construction, an estimated $2.8 million was allocated before ground breaking.
New construction photos taken by the restaurant show that, like their original location, a second level will allow guests to look down on the festivities below. Pancho's large size will make the project the primary anchor dining tenant for this side of the outdoor mall.
Described as "festive spot for Mexican food and drinks," over the decades Pancho's has become stacked with antiques, curios and architectural oddities including 12-foot-tall doors "salvaged from a castle in Spain" and walks them by a "wrought iron sculpture of famous bandido, Emiliano Zapata."
They also place great importance on regular live entertainment, hosting karaoke, acoustic sets, jazz combos and comedy nights.
Downtown Summerlin is already promoting their "authentic Mexican cuisine and #1 rated margaritas" and expects the restaurant's opening hours to be Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 pm and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A promised fall debut still appears likely.