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Town celebrates Agaves Cantina

Moultrie News  May, 30, 2024
The Town of Mount Pleasant and the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce (MPCC) co-hosted a ribbon-cutting for Agaves Cantina on May 28 at the restaurant’s new location at 320 W. Coleman Blvd.

The family-owned Mexican chain has five locations and extends all through the Charleston area. After its successful soft opening on March 18, owner Armando Navarro is hopeful for Agaves Cantina’s new spot: “This is a great location. I think tourists, local people — everybody — will want to stop by and have a drink,” he said.

Gerardo Lomeli, the General Manager for all the Agaves in the area, is pleased with the restaurant’s progress so far: “It’s been very busy — we’re blessed to be here,” he said, even hinting at a forthcoming Dorchester Road location.

Mayor Will Haynie reciprocated the sentiment, speaking on behalf of his town.

“We’re thrilled to have this vibrant new business here,” he said. “It has brought 30 new jobs to the Town of Mount Pleasant,” he added shortly before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Navarro’s family arrived in Mount Pleasant in 2001 and in 2013 opened the first Agaves Cantina on Daniel Island. “It was very hard, but now we continue,” said Navarro.

Even at a promising location, good business isn’t guaranteed. Before Agaves, Tazikis, another Mexican restaurant, occupied the hot spot on Coleman Boulevard.

Councilmember Daniel Brownstein understood the potential obstacles of operating a new food-service business. “With restaurants in particular, the owners pour their hearts, souls and finances into it. It’s incumbent on the community to come out and support them,” he offered.

Through ribbon-cuttings like this one, the Town of Mount Pleasant wants to encourage residents to support young businesses: “It’s part of the vitality of our community, both for the economy and for the way of life,” said Haynie.

Photo provided by: The Town of Mount Pleasant

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