Tijuana Time

–Stephen Martin is touting a funky-themed Tex-Mex restaurant chain as his way of beating back the recession. And get this: he’s even growing sales and opening new stores– Stephen Martin is as meticulous as they come, right down to his neatly cropped mustache, pressed shirts and dapper khaki shorts. So why is Martin, the onetime head of operations for half …

Tex Mex Mix

So.. I definitely saved the best for last. This is Tijuana Flats, and I think it’s the best Tex Mex chain around. The chain was created by Brian Wheeler, a former marketing student at the University of Central Florida. After spending lots of time in bars, he begged his folks for a couple dozen thousand dollars. He put it towards …

Tijuana Flats Fires the Imagination

–While many restaurants struggle to regularly reinvent themselves, Tijuana Flats retains it’s uniqueness day-in-and-day-out by just being itself. . . different, in a strangely familiar kind of way– (All Rights Reserved – Fred Roberts for “A Sarasota Minute”) Have you ever found yourself watching a movie where you can’t seem to figure out when and where the action is supposedly …