"I grew up in Arcadia, and went to Arcadia High School, so this location just felt right."
That's Reed Johnson, owner of Milagro Grill, a new Mexican-American fusion restaurant planned to open in mid-August at 4280 East Indian School Road, at the corner of a strip mall and in the former home of Joey's of Chicago. Johnson, who's been in the restaurant business for years, tells me Milagro Grill is the first restaurant he's owned and that he's excited about the location (In the last few months, the stretch of Indian School Road between 36th and 56th streets, has become a popular place for new establishments.).
Heading up Milagro Grill's cuisine is chef James Fox, who was most recently at Big Earl's BBQ in Scottsdale after working with chef Matt Carter at The Mission and Zinc Bistro and spending time in Mexico as a personal chef.
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So what can diners expect?
Johnson says he and Fox have been testing dishes for the past seven months, and that Milagro Grill's Mexican-American menu will feature appetizers like housemade salsas, taquitos, tacos, flatbreads, and skewers as well as entrees like steaks, fish, and Fox's country-style ribs with chilaquiles.
Milagro Grill will also sport a new, 1,400-square-foot patio and a full bar featuring tequilas, margaritas, and several wine selections.