Fiesta in downtown Melbourne specializes in Mexican and Caribbean cuisine

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The Fiesta Bar & Grill, which opened in February in downtown Melbourne, serves homemade Mexican and Caribbean dishes, owner Romeo Mikhail said.

The drinks are prepared with freshly squeezed fruit juices.

Decor is fun and fun and functional, with jellyfish light fixtures, a water wall behind the bar, and underwater murals on all walls.

But it’s more than a place to satisfy hunger and thirst, Mikhail said. It is a place that celebrates sustainability and honors nature.

Ashley Hernandez cooks guacamole on the table at Fiesta Bar & Grill in downtown Melbourne.

Disposable items like cups, straws, and take out containers are made from plant-based materials. The patio furniture in the back is made from recycled plastic. Customers can purchase cocktails, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, in take-out glasses or mugs adorned with whimsical characters and get discounts on refills.

Mikhail also plans to donate a percentage of his profits to the Sea Turtle Preservation Society.

“The idea is to educate young people on how to keep the body clean and the oceans clean,” he said, “to be aware of the imprint you are leaving”.

The menu includes a Guac Cart ($ 12), with guacamole at the table; Argentine Coconut Shrimp ($ 10.50); Shrimp and Bacon Cakes ($ 10.50); Caribbean Shrimp Pasta ($ 14.50); and a variety of tacos, ranging from Chicken Guava Jalapeno ($ 4) to Lobster Roll ($ 10). Tacos are available on corn or flour tortillas or lettuce wraps.

Romeo Mikhail, center, owns and operates the new Fiesta Bar & Grill in downtown Melbourne with help from his sisters Moneka, left, and Madona.

Although Fiesta has a full bar, Mikhail, who runs the restaurant with help from sisters Madona Mikhail Brown and Moneka Mikhail, said it was a family-friendly place. Stingrays, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and swordfish swim along the walls, thanks to murals by Hallie Peterson (@theporchindialantic) and Lance Behringer (@drawnbylance).

Younger diners can pick up Patrick from “Sponge Bob Square Pants” while enjoying a mac and cheese or taco kit and sipping a Shirley Temple or Roy Rogers from a souvenir mug topped with a dolphin.

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This is not Mikhail’s first restaurant. He also owns Bizzaro Pizza Bayside Lakes in Palm Bay and will soon be launching a Bizzaro Pizza Cocoa Beach. His first restaurant was Bizzaro in Cocoa. He also opened the Wall Street Pub in West Melbourne in 2014.

Melbourne city center didn’t need another pizza place, he said, and everyone loves tacos, so Fiesta Bar & Grill seemed like a good choice.

With lunch and dinner established, Mikhail said breakfast would follow, with mimosas, Bloody Marys and French toast.

Fiesta Bar & Grill is at 837 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-345-5865 or visit Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday; 11:00 am-midnight Wednesday; and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.

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