by Marc Hurwitz
The person behind a catering business, various pop-ups, and cooking classes in the local area is looking to open a new restaurant in Cambridge that combines the cuisines of a few different areas, replacing a dining spot that focused on foods with Southern influences.
According to a license commission hearing agenda page within the city's website, Tex Mex Eats is planning to open in the former Tupelo space on Cambridge Street in Inman Square, with the website for the business indicating that the new eatery may feature "'Texachusetts' flavors that combine Mexican dishes with local New England ingredients." The site states that Amanda Escamilla--who was part of the catering team at the now-closed East Coast Grill and who sells her foods at local farmers markets--is behind the restaurant, with her culinary influences coming from growing up on the Gulf Coast of South Texas. Based on the the menu within the Tex Mex Eats website (which encompasses what she currently offers through her business, including catering and cooking classes), the restaurant could feature such items as shrimp tamales, fish tacos, frito pie, cactus lima bean soup, arroz con pollo, enchiladas, brisket, pulled pork, ribs, cornbread, and a Latin-style whole roasted pig.
Tupelo closed in October after being in business for approximately ten years.
The address for the upcoming Tex Mex Eats is 1193 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139. Its website can be found at http://www.txmexeats.com/
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