Mexican restaurant moves to former Little Italy location in downtown Gainesville

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Maybe a Mexican restaurant will have better luck.

A month after Little Italy closed, a Mexican restaurant is opening in its place on Bradford Street, off the town center plaza.

Abigail and Pepe Perez hope to open Consuelo in late summer, offering an authentic menu and craft cocktails with specialty tequilas, according to a press release from Abernathy Cochran Real Estate Group.

Little Italy closed a week after opening. The restaurant opened in late February, offering New York-style pizza and other Italian options, but it suddenly closed and its employees were laid off.

Building owner Ben Cortese, who also ran Little Italy, made the building available for rent on March 4, writing on Facebook that he had decided to “take a different route.”

The new restaurant is named after Pepe’s grandmother, who was an excellent cook, Abigail Perez told The Times. Pepe is from Guadalajara, Mexico, and Abigail is a first-generation Mexican-American. The couple have lived in Gainesville for 10 years and own Pristine Clean and Pristine Painting.

“It’s always been our dream to be in the Gainesville Square,” Abigail Perez said.

More details will be released in the coming weeks, she said.

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