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Chupito's Azteca Grille of Dunwoody: same great food you're grown to love, same fantastic drinks you've downed over the years on the patio and bar; but most importantly, the same familiar smiling faces taking great care of you.

In 2006, the popular El Azteca Mexican Restaurant chain opened an outpost in Dunwoody Village, where it quickly became a beloved mainstay within the Dunwoody community, offering traditional Mexican cuisine and drinks in a friendly atmosphere.

After years of great memories, meals, family gatherings and margaritas, it was time to update the interior, exterior, food, and decor. With that in mind, we're excited to announce that previous General Manager, Darren Benda, has taken ownership of the restaurant!

Born and raised in Dunwoody, Darren had worked 17 years in various positions at every Metro Atlanta El Azteca location. Coincidentally, he was one of the original staffers at the Dunwoody location back in 2006! After years of hard work and long hours, Darren was quick to master the culinary, operational, and marketing skills necessary to operate a Mexican restaurant, and soon found himself running several of the El Azteca restaurants in metro Atlanta.

When Darren brought his skills, energy, and ambition back to the Dunwoody location in 2015, he immediately created positive personal connections with customers and improved the service and traditional Mexican fare. But his eyes were not only on "running the show" that had existed over a decade but on taking the restaurant to the next level and re-branding it to best serve his hometown.

Since the location was very near and dear to his heart, Darren decided to pursue ownership and purchased the Dunwoody El Azteca location, in order to see out his vision of what a traditional Mexican restaurant should be like!

Darren has created Chupito's Azteca Grille as the re-branded new concept to better fit his Dunwoody community. Extensive renovations have transformed the former aged decor into a bright design that awakens one's culinary senses, yet maintains the familiar, friendly atmosphere. The renovated casual 'bar room' is a popular setting to enjoy one of Chupito's famous margaritas, cervezas or shots, while watching a sporting event or enjoying a gathering in Dunwoody. For those customers who were accustomed to having family birthday/anniversary/milestone meals here, we encourage you to continue those: Let's keep the tradition but update the memories!

Chupito's Azteca Grille is continuing the culinary style popular with its customers for the past 15 years, grounded in the finest Mexican tradition, but fused with current trends. Darren and his culinary team are keeping the "fan favorites" on the menu, but are also adding many new, signature creations, flavorful improvements to favorites and new seafood dishes and constant rotating specials.

At Chupito's Azteca Grille, there is something for everyone looking to experience upscale casual Mexican food and plentiful drinks in a comfortable and familiar atmosphere that is as unique as Dunwoody itself. Come and join us at Chupito's Azteca Grille for a warm and fun experience at "Dunwoody's own" re-branded favorite Mexican restaurant.

New Name. Newly Remodeled. Same Smiling Faces. Come give us a "shot" at Chupito's - your locally owned neighbor Mexican Grille!