NANCY POWELL ¦ Staff Writer
(Oct. 19, 2012) A Mexican restaurant will be moving into the former Marina Deck site in Pennington Commons across from the South Gate of Ocean Pines.
Plaza Tapatia is expected to open for business during the first two weeks of January. Its West Ocean City location, in the Bedtime Inn and Suites on Route 50, will close by Dec. 22, owner Armando Saldana told the Board of License Commissioners on Tuesday.
The board granted Saldana’s request to transfer the seven-day beer, wine and liquor license to the new location. Altogether, Saldana owns 10 restaurants. He said it is the family business.
The interior of the new Plaza Tapatia will remain the same as it was when Marina Deck was open. The number of employees will depend on the amount of business, but Saldana said he expects to have at least four or five people working in the kitchen.
Once a month, Saldana plans to have an acoustic five-piece mariachi band perform from 6-9 p.m.