SPRING HILL, FL — Tijuana Flats, the Altamonte Springs-based Tex-Mex restaurant chain, is continuing its growth in Florida and will soon be debuting a new eatery in Hernando County.
The chain’s next restaurant is scheduled to open in the Fall and will be located in a shopping plaza west of Cortez Commons on Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville.
First launched in 1995 by “college kid” Brian Wheeler with a loan of $20,000 from his parents, the chain is recognized for its freshly prepared Tex-Mex food, spicy sides and 15 sauces that are ranked on the Scoville Scale — the Scoville Scale measures the capsaicin concentration or heat of chili peppers.
Those sauces, with memorable names like Tear Jerker, Sissy Sauce, Death Wish and Oh Lord, Don’t Take Me Now, have helped Tijuana Flats create a unique niche eatery.
According to their website, Tijuana Flats offers a large selection of different entrees, and healthy options with hormone-free chicken and beef, low-fat cheese and sour cream, vegetarian alternatives and wheat options for their tortillas..
The restaurant chain prides itself on using zero trans fat cooking oil and its salsa and guacamole made fresh daily. Canned goods and microwave ovens are never used.
Tijuana Flats Tex-Mex has 120 locations throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Indiana.