Chiquito (restaurant)

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Tex-Mex Mexican themed restaurant chain
Founded 1989
Headquarters United Kingdom
Owner The Restaurant Group plc
Typical Chiquito's standalone unit development, Kingston-upon-Hull with the previous logo.

Chiquito is a UK-based restaurant chain specialising in Tex-Mex foods.[1] The company was established in 1989[2] and has 68 restaurants across the country.[3] It dubs itself as 'The Original Mexican Grill & Bar' and has been described as the United Kingdom's best-known Mexican chain.[4] Chiquito restaurants are part of the Restaurant Group.[5]

Food and drink[edit]

Dishes such as nachos, chilli poppers, burritos, fajitas, burgers, sandwiches, salads and steaks from the grill are served in Chiquito.[2][6] They also serve a wide range of cocktails, such as tequila and rum cocktails[7] as well as a choice of wines.[8]

Decor and style[edit]

The restaurants, which tend to feature a large bar and lounge style restaurant have rustic interior décor, based on traditional Mexican architecture and culture, where old Mexican posters and photos[2] adorn the walls, alongside piñatas[2] plates, castanets, fans, and sombreros.[8] Spanish and Mexican music plays throughout the restaurant.[6]

Environmental record[edit]

In November 2015 the chain was one of seven restaurants surveyed that failed to meet a basic level of sustainability in its seafood.[9]


  1. ^ (4 March 2010). Go Mexican for a hot chain meal, Bristol Evening Post
  2. ^ a b c d Ritchie, Simon (27 December 2008). "Food & Drink - Chiquito, Clifton Moor, York". York Press. York. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Strong Brands, Focussed Strategy" (PDF). Annual Report 2010. The Restaurant Group plc. p. 2. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mexican chain hits town". Belfast Telegraph. Belfast. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Restaurant Group serves up strong sales". Reuters. 12 September 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Anson, John (19 January 2008). "Chiquito's, Blackburn". Lancashire Telegraph. Blackburn. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Famous Cocktails". Company website. Chiquito. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Lloyd, Jane (30 March 2007). "Eating Out". Liverpool Daily Post. Liverpool. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Smithers, Rebecca (18 November 2015). "More than half of UK's family restaurant chains serving unsustainable seafood" – via The Guardian. 

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