There's life inside the low-lying building at 5521 North Seventh Avenue. And though most people will know the address as the former home of Mary Coyle Ol' Fashioned Ice Cream, which closed its door last October, the building is now home to longstanding Mexican restaurant La Piñata.
La Piñata was located on 19th Avenue since 1970, but the owners announced plans to take over the old Mary Coyle spot earlier this year. Following months of renovations, the new location is finally open.
Inside, Phoenicians will hardly recognize the space. The significant updates included building a full kitchen and a handsome blue tiled bar, as well as partially enclosing the patio and adding an outdoor fireplace. Gone are Mary Coyle's signature pink-and-white striped walls in favor of a modern black accent wall, Dia de los Muertos skeletons, and rustic hanging light fixtures.
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As we reported last month, the owners were not able to move the restaurant's iconic sign to the new location. But they did have a smaller version of the sign built for the new restaurant.
The former location of La Piñata closed its doors on October 2.
Fans of the restaurant's Sonoran style fare can expect a menu that's almost identical to that of the former restaurant. For now, La Piñata is open for lunch and dinner but is not offering food to go. The restaurant expects to add takeout service in the future.
For more information or to see the menu, visit the La Piñata website.