Papa’s and Beer signs lease in Spartanburg’s west side

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Diners in Spartanburg will soon have their very own Papa’s and Beer.

The family-owned Mexican eatery has signed a lease on the 6,000-square-foot prominent west-side restaurant building at 180 E. Blackstock Road formerly occupied by Brasilia Churrasco Steakhouse.

It will be the company’s fifth new store since its founders, Javier and Connie Gomez, relocated their concept from Los Angeles to Asheville, N.C., in 2009.

The restaurant will be owned and operated by the couple’s daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Uriel Ibarra.

Crystal Ibarra said the store could open in early July and create 20 to 25 new jobs.

“We have wanted to expand into Spartanburg for a while,” she said. “We feel like we’ve found the perfect location and we’re very excited about it… We’re praying and hoping that it will be a success.”

The Spartanburg store is in addition to stores in Asheville, Greenville, Simpsonville and Anderson.

Papa’s and Beer’s menu features an array of authentic Mexican dishes crafted from fresh, quality ingredients, according to the company’s website.

“A lot of people think we’re corporate-owned, but that’s just not true,” Ibarra said. “We have fallen in love with this region. Our diners are absolutely the best and we look forward to serving Spartanburg.”

Lynn Spencer, a principal of Spartanburg-based Spencer/Hines Properties, brokered the real estate transaction.

Spencer said the building, which originally housed a Hops restaurant, has sat vacant for about a year.

“We have been approached by different parties, but really never felt like any of them were the right fit,” he said. “However, we felt this was absolutely the right fit… We think it’s going to be an asset for Spartanburg and we’re very excited about it.”

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