Many have wondered when the elusive Mar y Tierra (translation: “sea and land”) Seafood & Grill, located at 1900 W. 3rd St. across from the Capitol building, would finally open. That includes my boss, who assigned me a story about the restaurant’s opening when I first started this job in August of 2020. So it’s been in a perpetual state of opening soon for a while. This week there have been rumblings that it was going to open, and today a colleague told me she saw servers out in front of the building with “now open” signs. I couldn’t find any information online about it, and the last post from its Facebook page was from May of 2021. So I headed over, and met a very friendly and receptive crew that was happy to show me around.

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From left: Yadira Yaneth, Alfredo Rios, Christopher Alexander, co-owner Hugo Rios and Christian Lua.

The restaurant’s grand opening was yesterday, and a mariachi band was on hand to celebrate. Manager Christian Lua told me an official ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for May 17. The current owners took over about two months ago, Lua said, and started on renovations. The casual atmosphere and prominent seafood theme, including a large octopus mural on the ceiling that extends down one of the walls, makes it feel like it could exist in a beach town. There’s a nice covered patio on the east side of the building offering views of the downtown skyline along with whatever comes of the land clearing on the hillside overlooking the ravine through which Union Pacific tracks pass along the west side of the Capitol Grounds.

The extensive menu features quesadillas, burritos, chimichangas, nachos, fajitas and various seafood items and specials. The lunch menu is available from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. There’s also a full bar. A social media page will be coming soon, Lua said. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu. and 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. The phone number is 501-476-3336.