After more than 15 years in the shadow of The Mall at Green Hills, Mexican restaurant La Paz is relocating to the Rock Block.
Known for its margaritas and party patio, the neighborhood landmark with the familiar hot-pepper sign is taking over the chic Elliston Place space once held by late, lamented bistro Ombi.
Tom Nickoloff, president of the small Atlanta-based chain, says the company is close to signing a lease for a second Nashville location, expected to open in a new site elsewhere in Green Hills next summer.
The current Cleghorn Avenue restaurant will close Oct. 31, and the La Paz on Elliston will open around the first week of November.
"We hope to pick up a new customer base in the new area," says Nickoloff, who answered the phone at the Nashville location. He cites nearby hospital staff and other midtown workers as an untapped La Paz clientele.
Nickoloff adds that the company also expects to expand La Paz's catering service.