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Guapo’s now open in Cary

Richard Camos, owner of Camos Brothers Pizza and Lincoln Brewing Co., has opened Guapo’s in Cary’s Millpond Village shopping center.
Richard Camos, owner of Camos Brothers Pizza and Lincoln Brewing Co., has opened Guapo’s in Cary’s Millpond Village shopping center. Corrin MacDougall

Richard Camos, owner of Camos Brothers Pizza and Lincoln Brewing Co., has branched out in a new direction with the opening of Guapo’s in Cary’s Millpond Village shopping center.

Make that three new directions. Camos describes his latest venture as Mexican restaurant, Latin American restaurant and bar rolled into one, with a matching set of specialties: tacos, arepas, and craft beers.

To deliver on the first two parts of the concept, Camos hired chef Chuy Colunga, a veteran of more than a decade in the kitchens of Dos Taquitos and Gonza Tacos y Tequila. Colunga delivers with a menu centered around taqueria-inspired tacos (eight options, from catch-of-the-day on flour tortillas to al pastor with pineapple and tomatillo salsa on soft corn) and South American arepas (pork, steak, chicken and vegetarian). Rounding out the offering is a varied assortment of appetizers and entrees, spanning the territory from Argentinean empanadas to chilaquiles with a Oaxacan red sauce.

The bar offers nine beers on tap for now, including a Vienna style lager that Camos had Lincoln Brewing create expressly for Guapo’s. “But we’ll keep adding to the beer selection,” he notes.

Camos has created a suitably fanciful setting for the eclectic offering, decorating the dining room with primitive sculptures, Day of the Dead figures, and vibrant murals by Raleigh graffiti artist Richard Knight. A 70-seat patio with a view of what is presumably the shopping center’s namesake Millpond is sure to see plenty of action in fair weather.

Guapo’s (3470-160 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary; 919-372-5070; guapostacosycervezas.com) is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. The website is slated to go live in the next week or so. Until then, you can find the menu and other details on the restaurant’s Facebook page: facebook.com/Guapos-Tacos-Arepas-Cervezas-795389543914504/timeline/

Greg Cox, the longtime N&O restaurant critic, also covers restaurant news. Reach him at ggcox@bellsouth.net.

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