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The exterior of Avo Mexican Grill, which will soon open in Wading River. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Get ready for some south of the border cuisine, Wading River: Avo Mexican Grill is preparing to make its debut.

Joe Goller, co-owner of the soon-to-open Route 25A establishment, which is located across the street from CVS/Pharmacy, said he and co-owner Steven Dietz are shooting for a mid-August opening.

“That would be ideal,” said Goller, a Northport resident and vice president of operations for Servco in Ronkonkoma. He said the 1,600-square-foot restaurant, which formerly housed an ice cream parlor, was recently painted. It also has a new roof, awnings and expanded parking lot. “But we’ll definitely be open by the end of August.”

Avo Mexican Grill, which derives the first part of its name from the first three letters of avocado — “We think guacamole is huge,” Goller said — will offer counter service and takeout. The menu, he said, will be similar to Chipotle “but a little more gourmet.” The 16-seat eatery will feature a salsa bar, festive neon green walls and custom-made light fixtures fashioned from mason jars.

“We have a bunch of ideas, just nothing finalized,” he said of the menu. The restaurant has a beer and wine license, but there is no bar.

Goller said he and Dietz, a Baiting Hollow resident and general manager of Crab Meadow Golf Course in Northport, decided to open a Mexican-style restaurant in Wading River because nothing like it currently exists.

And the pair, Goller said, believe Avo Mexican Grill’s location on Route 25A will ensure its success.

“We’re very confident it’s going to do well,” he said. “Wading River is a small town, but we feel the traffic is going to be great. People say they’ve been waiting for a Mexican place for so long.”