After months of delays, a new family-friendly Mexican restaurant is open in downtown Brookfield. On Friday at 4 p.m., the doors officially opened at Fuego, 3755 Grand Blvd.

According to Maria Calvetti, who operates the restaurant with her husband, Peter, Fuego did a soft open on Jan. 8 and 9 prior to opening for dinner service on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant will be open for its normal hours beginning Monday, Jan. 13.

Fuego will be open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. It will be closed on Sunday during the winter months, Calvetti said.

The 55-seat corner space is a full-service restaurant with a full bar. The menu combines Mexican standards with specials and combination plates. Peter Calvetti told the Landmark last fall a signature starter will be Fuego’s cheese dip, which he said was “different from anything you’ve ever had.”

Bar specialties include frozen margarita, mojitos and “sangrito” (half sangria, half margarita).

Initially, the Calvettis were looking at a late September 2013 opening, but delays pushed that back into early 2014. It was tough opening the restaurant just a couple of days after heavy snow and frigid temperatures, but Maria Calvetti was philosophical.

“Now we’re going to have a heat wave,” she said, referring to temperatures pushing 40 degrees this weekend, “so it’s good.”

Calvetti said the restaurant plans to open an outdoor eating area along the Prairie Avenue side of the restaurant. At that time, they’ll host a ribbon-cutting event for the patio and a “grand opening” for the restaurant.

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