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Uncle Julio's Mexican Restaurant is facing another delay, but still plans to open in the South Plains Mall parking lot adjacent to Loop 289 and Slide Road.

The new delay pushes back their opening to this winter, according to the South Plains Mall's management office.

Originally, they broke ground in 2019 and expected to open in January 2020. Then, the opening got moved up and they anticipated being open in time for Christmas 2019. Christmas came and went, and we were disappointed to see they still didn't look close to opening.

Now, amidst all the COVID-19 delays and shutdowns, the latest update pushes their opening to sometime in the winter. The construction looks like it has paused (see photo above). Wow, that feels like a long time, but on the bright side, at least they are still planning to open.

Uncle Julio's is highly anticipated in Lubbock for good reason. Since being founded about 30 years ago, they've opened about 35 restaurants across 11 states, according to their website.

Here is their story:

We opened our first restaurant with a simple commitment to fresh ingredients and handcrafted recipes. From the very beginning, we served mesquite-grilled fajitas, crave-able guacamole, and other Tex-Mex favorites. Whether guests are celebrating with family, meeting over lunch, or on a date, they have a welcoming atmosphere at Uncle Julio’s.


Additionally, their Swirl Margarita has really set them apart. We can't wait to try one.

We look forward to Uncle Julio's opening in the winter here at the South Plains Mall in Lubbock.