Dos Coyotes to open new Citrus Heights restaurant

Dos Coyotes Border Cafe, Citrus Heights
File photo, a Dos Coyotes restaurant is pictured here on Douglas Boulevard in Roseville. The location is currently the closest to Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

Updated Feb. 11, 3:30 p.m.–
Plans to bring a fresh dose of Santa Fe-style food to Citrus Heights are currently underway, with owner Bobby Coyote confirming his Davis-based Dos Coyotes Border Cafe will open up a new location on Sunrise Boulevard. The small, local chain is known for its southwestern food, “humongous salads,” and seasonal farm-to-fork specials.

Coyote said the new “border cafe” will be located next to Nation’s Giant Hamburgers on Sunrise Boulevard near Madison Avenue — part of an expansion effort to bring his current total of eight restaurants up to 12, by next year. He said the new location won’t be able to open until sometime in 2017, due to the Cordano Company property owners planning on “totally re-doing” the building.

Cordano spokesman Doug Elmets said renovations of the property would be “extensive,” and believes the company will move quickly on the project, once approved by the City.

Citrus Heights Senior Planner Casey Kempenaar said City staff have approved a design review permit for the project, which he said lists facade improvements and outdoor seating for a future 3,600-square-foot Dos Coyotes restaurant. He said permits from the building department were yet to be issued.

Other tenants for the building’s remaining spaces could not be confirmed, but Elmets said two existing tenants were moving, or had already moved. Most recently, “Organize It” moved out of the location, and International Imports is currently closing

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Dos Coyotes’ closest location to Citrus Heights on Douglas Boulevard in Roseville features a casual, dimly lit, adobe-hut style interior, with quirky decorations and a family-friendly atmosphere. Diners enter to dried bunches of hot peppers hanging from the walls, with a choice of seating at copper-paneled tables or bar stools.

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Coyote’s new Citrus Heights restaurant will likely compete with Moe’s Southwestern Grill, which plans to open by May in the next-door Capital Nursery shopping plaza under construction at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Madison Avenue.

[Related: New Citrus Heights shopping plaza to now open in May]

The first Dos Coyotes restaurant opened in North Davis in January 1991, with the food chain celebrating 25 years in operation last month.