Tin Lizzy’s Cantina Offers ‘FlexMex’ Cuisine

March 24, 2015|

By Gary Kauffman

Mexican food with a twist fills the menu at Augusta’s newest restaurant, Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. The restaurant opened on Monday and serves what it calls “FlexMex” food.

“FlexMex is pure awesome,” said Brent McGhee, director of new store openings. “It’s a very different take on traditional Mexican food.”

It combines some of the best of other cultural cuisine in a Mexican format, such as the Korean BBQ Taco or the Southern Comfort Taco.

The Augusta location is the ninth store for the Tin Lizzy’s brand, which started in Buckhead in 2007, but it is the first outside the metro Atlanta area. McGhee is excited about the new location.

“This is a great town, a great market and we’re in a high visibility area,” he said.

Tin Lizzy’s is located in the former Roadrunner Café building across from Somewhere in Augusta on Washington Road. It has a retro garage feel, with a bar top comprised of license plates and car-themed murals on the walls. It also features a patio, a hallmark of the brand.

McGhee said that except for certain branding pieces, each of the nine stores is unique.

In addition to the FlexMex food, Tin Lizzy’s also has an ample bar area. The menu lists six kinds of margarita, and offers 12 beers on tap.

“We sell a lot of margaritas,” McGhee said. “It’s a lively atmosphere. We do a good late night business and we’re a very patio-driven concept.”

Tin Lizzy’s also can be economical. Everything on the menu is less than $10, except for one appetizer that contains three items. House margaritas are $5 and domestic draft beers $3.25.

The company hired about 130 employees to work in the Augusta store. McGhee said they brought in some trainers from other stores, but the workforce will remain local.

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