Opening of the Mexican restaurant Picante this summer in downtown Annapolis


ANNAPOLIS, MD – A new Mexican restaurant will open later this summer in downtown Annapolis. The restaurant has yet to announce its exact opening date.

The establishment’s name, Picante, means “hot” in Spanish. This name offers a glimpse of the flavors expected at the gastronomic destination.

Fernando Juarez opens Picante with his wife, Megan, and family.

Juarez grew up in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, on the Pacific coast. He also spent a lot of time on his grandparents’ ranch in the mountains of Zacatepec.

“He watched his grandmother prepare meals for dozens of ranch workers every day,” the Picante website said. “His inspiration for Picante came from how his grandmother gathered people around a table to share a meal with each other.”

For more than 50 years, the Juarez family has operated their ranch in the central Mexican state of Morelos.

Juarez harvested everything from lemons and limes to avocados and mangoes. His grandfather still sells fresh queso, milk, meat and eggs at the local market.

The dedication of those close to Juarez will continue in Picante.

“They taught her the importance of fresh ingredients and the thought and care that goes into cooking,” the website says. “He’s created a menu inspired by recipes passed down through generations in his family that brings traditional Mexican flavors and Oaxacan specialties to Annapolis.”

Juarez moved to Annapolis almost 20 years ago. He started working in the restaurant industry and eventually met his wife in the city.

A new Mexican restaurant will soon open in downtown Annapolis in the previously vacant building pictured above. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

Picante owners are now hiring cooks, servers, bartenders and bussers. Interested candidates can learn more at this link.

Picante will be located at 48 West Street.

The restaurant will open daily at 11 a.m. The trade will close at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. It will remain open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Customers can visit, follow the company on Facebook, or email for more information.


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