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Work begins on Las Margaritas expansion

Once finished, Las Margaritas will have much more space and an outdoor patio, as pictured in this concept drawing.

Work is officially under way for the new addition to Las Margaritas. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday morning to commemorate the event.

The addition will more than double the restaurant's existing space, bringing its total capacity to 186. It will include about 2,000 square feet of indoor seating with a full bar and another 800 square feet of exterior patio dining space. The addition will keep with the existing Spanish-inspired style and color. The patio will have a timber frame roof to keep the space feeling open while still providing shade, and timber frames inside will be left exposed for a more open feel.

Exterior landscaping will also be done and a new parking lot put in. With the changes, access to the restaurant will change slightly. The north driveway on Vermillion Street, right next to the intersection with 22nd Street, will be closed. The driveway on 22nd Street will remain as it is, and a driveway will be south of the building on Vermillion Street.

Leading up to the groundbreaking, crews were working on removing old blacktop and preparing to put in the necessary utilities. Construction of the footings began this week. Construction on Las Margaritas is expected to be done just before Labor Day, at the end of August.

Las Margaritas purchased the former Amy's (Tai Chi) restaurant, which was located just south of Las Margaritas. Amy's was demolished last year to make room for the new addition.

Construction is being done by Stotko Speedling Construction of Hastings. The architect is David L. Harris of Hastings.