A new Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill are expected to open in late July in the vacant property on Marguerite Parkway that formerly housed Blockbuster. The restaurants, which are not affiliated, would be next to each other in the building nestled at the northwest corner of Marguerite Parkway and Estanciero Drive. Other tenants in the center include California Pizza Kitchen and Walgreens. Chipotle is a popular family-style Mexican eatery specializing in tacos and burritos. It will serve beer, wine and pre-mixed margaritas. Panera Bread is a chain of bakery-cafe quick casual restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.
Over in the Trabuco Hills center at 27755 Santa Margarita Parkway, the new Grill Hut restaurant received commission approval to serve beer and wine at the eatery that’s expected to open in May next to the newly opened Baja Fish Tacos. Grill Hut serves Mediterranean food in a quick-service style for lunch and dinner. This will be the second Grill Hut restaurant to open in Mission Viejo. The original is located in the Mission Foothill Marketplace Shopping Center off Los Alisos Boulevard.