After 59 years in Spring Valley, an enormous outpouring of nostalgia during its final days, and a mad rush for one last meal featuring their “TCT” toasted cheese tortillas, the operators of Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen have kept their promise and are returning with a new location, new name, but the same menu favorites.
The Haddad family confirms that work started on constructing the Blue Macaw Mexican Restaurant, a name they first registered within days of the westside closure and inspired by the translation of “macayo” into English.
While the family says, “we don’t have a completion date yet” and still has not confirmed the precise address to its loyal customers, the Blue Macaw will take over the roomy 7,200-square-foot, easy-to-spot former home of Famous Dave’s Barbeque at the Grand Flamingo Center, close to the intersection of the 215 and Flamingo Road.
The Macayo name and menu can also be found at 1741 E. Charleston Blvd. on the eastside, with no immediate “set closing date” until a buyer is found for the property.
Co-created by Edmon Haddad in December 1959, Macayo expanded to six local restaurants at its peak. Mesa-based Kind Hospitality Inc. bought ownership of the brand name earlier this year, with plans to overhaul the restaurant at its Arizona outposts.