Area restaurateurs with popular eateries in Cannon Falls and Red Wing are in the early stages of bringing Mexican cuisine and margaritas to the Med City.

Brothers Medardo and Jorge Antonio Arcos and their families are co-owners behind the successful Rancho Loco Grill & Bar restaurants in Cannon Falls and Red Wing. 

"Customers from Stewartville and Rochester have been asking us to open a restaurant here for a long time," said Medardo Arcos. "We're very excited about making this happen."

The Arcos family has been looking for a location in Rochester for many years. Then, a fan from Stewartville told them about the Ground Round restaurant at 7386 Airport View Drive SW near the Rochester International Airport. Ground Round closed abruptly in March. 

The brothers looked at the 5,000-square-foot restaurant with a fully outfitted kitchen and bar and decided it would be a good fit.

The families have started cleaning up and updating the restaurant to fit their needs.

They hope to open as Los Arcos Kitchen and Cantina sometime this fall, if everything goes according to plan.

They decided to go with Los Arcos instead of Rancho Loco, because this will be owned solely by the brothers. They have a third ownership partner in the Rancho Loco locations.

Medardo Arcos estimates they will need 20 to 25 employees to staff the Rochester restaurant.

Another ingredient in the recipe to bring the Arcos family's food to the Med City is Tasos Psomas, the Rochester restaurateur behind Pannekeoken and the coming Hollandberry eateries.

Psomas is fan of the food at Rancho Loco and is helping the Arcos family get cooking in Rochester.

The Arcos family is following in the footsteps of three other restaurants that have occupied the Airport View building

It originally opened in 2002 as the Hangar Bar & Grill. That incarnation closed in 2007.

It re-launched as the 331 Bar and Grill in 2008. That version of the restaurant closed in 2012.

Ground Round cooked there from 2012 to 2019.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips to jkiger@postbulletin.com or via Twitter to @whereskiger. You can call him at 285-7798.

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Jeff has worked at newspapers as a reporter, columnist, editor, photographer and copy editor since 1992. He started at the Post Bulletin in 1999. Kiger is the PB's business reporter and writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street."