After opening and owning around 20 restaurants over 50 years in the Blue Water Area, the Duenaz family has plans for one more on Port Huron’s north end.
Mike Duenaz and his son, Joe Duenaz, said the family plans to open another Mexican restaurant at 2866 Pine Grove Ave.
During an interview in the future restaurant Friday, Joe Duenaz said they could already picture it as a restaurant as both men have operated restaurants there before. His father operated Amigos Mexican Restaurant and he ran Fajita Joe’z.
“It’ll be our same Mexican food,” he said.
Mike Duenaz said his father opened the first family restaurant in 1970. Since then, the family has had opened restaurants like Bimbo’s Restaurant, Duenaz’s Restaurant, Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant, Little Mexico, and at one point the family had five Red Peppers open at the same time.
Mike Duenaz’s brother, Frank, still owns the Red Pepper III in Kimball Township, but he has been thinking about selling it, so his relatives decided to step in and keep a family restaurant in the area, they said.
“And he’s bored sitting at home,” Joe Duenaz said of his father.
The family signed the lease Oct. 6 and hope to open the restaurant before December, Mike Duenaz said.
It’s still pretty early in the process, but the family plans to have the name similar to “Duenaz’s Family Mexican and American Restaurant.” It will be open seven days a week, will have “Mexican American food” and daily specials.
And of course, taco Tuesday, Joe Duenaz said.
The restaurant will have Mexican décor and be simple and the space still needs to be painted, have the floor done and the men will need to move in equipment before it can open.
Mike Duenaz said he’s excited to have people back. They will be able to come in and get what they’ve been missing.
“Oh it’ll be fun,” he said.
Brian Duenaz, Mike Duenaz’s brother who owns airport service Ruby’s Port Huron Shuttle Services and opened Bimbo’s Restaurant in 1978, said he’s happy for his brother.
“His love is for the restaurant,” he said.