When his Riverside martini bar folded back in 2011, Pete Calvetti took a break from the restaurant/bar business. After a year in an institutional food service setting, though, he couldn’t keep down thoughts of owning his own restaurant.

“It’s the industry I love,” he said. “I can’t do anything else.”

At the end of September, Calvetti is looking to open the doors to his newest venture, a family-friendly Mexican restaurant and bar at 3755 Grand Blvd., at the corner of Grand and Prairie in Brookfield. The Brookfield village board on Aug. 29 voted to approve a liquor license for the business.

Calvetti said his new restaurant, Fuego, was inspired by his years after high school graduation working in his grandfather’s Mexican restaurant chain — El Azteca — in the Atlanta area in the 1990s.

“That’s where I got my influence from,” said Calvetti, who lives in Brookfield and graduated from Riverside-Brookfield High School.

Fuego will replace Xni-Pec de Yucatan, another Mexican restaurant with distinct regional cuisine that never gained traction at that space. Prior to that, the space housed a retro-themed café and an Italian restaurant.

Although he had other locations in mind for the restaurant, Calvetti said the corner space in downtown Brookfield “just felt right. I’m a Brookfield boy.”

Calvetti and building owner Marty Serwinski gutted the space and reconfigured the floor plan to accommodate the new restaurant. The bar has been moved and enlarged to allow for more seating there.

But the focus of the restaurant, said Calvetti, will be family-oriented, though Fuego will continue to serve food and drinks until midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Food at the sit-down, full-service restaurant will include standards like tacos, tortas and burritos, but the menu will also feature enchiladas, chimichangas, fajitas, combination plates and weekly specials.

One appetizer that Calvetti said will be new to most people is his cheese dip, which is also used on his nachos. The recipe is straight from El Azteca.

“It’s a melted white cheese that’s almost like pancake batter,” said Calvetti. “My cheese is different from anything you’ve ever had.”

Fuego will also feature Latin-inspired drinks like frozen margaritas, mojitos and “sangrito” (half sangria, half margarita). In addition to being a family spot until 9 p.m., Calvetti said Fuego will also be a late-night spot for bar patrons looking for a meal before heading home.