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The 1 Cantina, Mexican Restaurant and Bar, Now Open in the Marketplace at Avalon Park

The 1 Cantina Mexican Restaurant and Bar, Now Open in the Marketplace at Avalon Park

Sit-Down Restaurant Concept Adds to the Diverse Vendor Line-up


Orlando, FL (April 18, 2022) – Avalon Park Group announced today that The 1 Cantina has leased 2,580 SF of restaurant space at 3801 Avalon Park Blvd. East, Ste., Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32828, in the Marketplace at Avalon Park’s food hall.

Located in the former “The Gathering Kitchen” space inside the Marketplace, The 1 Cantina Mexican restaurant, owned by Giovanni Rodriguez and Marigel Haaz, differs from the other Marketplace vendors, in that it is a sit-down style restaurant with 50 inside seats, 65 outdoor seats, and a full-service bar.

“When I was young,  my father would tour my family around Mexico City’s cantinas. As a young kid, I was always amazed by the different flavors, aromas, and unique atmospheres that the different neighborhoods bring. Our goal is to bring some of those memories and a taste of the cosmopolitan city and our world-renowned food, to the Avalon Park area”, said Rodriguez.

The menu includes both regionally authentic and contemporary Mexican dishes, as well as a variety of drinks like tequila, mezcal, and crafted cocktails.  While guests will only be able to order from the food menu to dine in at the Cantina or to-go, the entire Marketplace will have access to the bar via the online ordering system.  Food is served just like it is on the streets of Mexico City; everything is shareable. Guests can enjoy Mexican street corn, queso fundido, queso costra, and a variety of other flavors that would make a Mexico City local envy. This is definitely not your typical Tex-Mex restaurant!

“The addition of The 1 Cantina creates another dining experience in Downtown Avalon Park,” says Trey Fragala, Senior Vice President for Avalon Park Group. “The 1 Cantina will bring a unique opportunity to be transported to a genuine,  Mexico City cantina, where folks gather to share good times, small plates, and cocktails.”

The 1 Cantina is now open with soft opening hours: Closed Monday – Tuesday, Open Wednesday – Thursday, 5 – 9 pm, Friday, 5-11:30 pm, Saturday Noon-11:30 pm, and Sunday Noon – 9 pm.  The grand opening event has been set for Saturday, May 7th, Noon- 10 pm, with a Ribbon Cutting at Noon, specials, and entertainment all day.

The Cantina will also offer a late-night menu and DJ entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, along with a contemporary weekend brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.

To learn more about The 1 Cantina, visit their website for more information. You can also find them on Instagram @the1cantina.

Downtown Avalon Park, developed and managed by Avalon Park Group, is east Orlando’s premier community to live, learn, work and play.  For an up-to-date listing of the 150+ shops, restaurants and professional services visit the full online directory at

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