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Jacksonville Beach dining landmark Campeche Bay Cantina closing after 33 years

The closing comes as two of the popular restaurant’s three owners are retiring.
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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Campeche Bay Cantina is closing Wednesday, Aug. 7, after 33 years satisfying the appetites of Mexican food lovers at Jacksonville Beach and beyond, according to a report by the Florida Times-Union.

The closing comes as two of the popular restaurant’s three owners are retiring.

“We opened this restaurant as three young guys and now, after 33 years, it’s time to close this door and move to the next chapter of our lives,” co-owner Vince McGuire said in an announcement Monday. “We are forever grateful for the folks who have made it an amazing journey.”

The restaurant, at 127 First Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach, focused on New Mexican-style Mexican cuisine. It developed a loyal following since its debut in the Arlington area in 1986.

The owners were considered pioneers during the early stages of Jacksonville Beach redevelopment when they opened the restaurant’s second and current location in the heart of downtown Jacksonville Beach in 1998. They closed the Arlington restaurant in 2007 saying they wanted to focus on the Jacksonville Beach eatery.

The restaurant featured time-tested favorites from the original menu, including signature dishes such as stacked enchiladas, chicken plobano rojas and enchilada stuffed with blue crab and shrimp.

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