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Iguana Cafe opens; Cinco Fiesta planned downtown

The Iguana opens a cafe and throws its annual Cinco de Mayo street party in the same week.
by Dave Cathey Published: May 3, 2012
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Originally called The Iguana Lounge and part of an ownership group that included Steve Mason, Chris Lower and chef Kurt Fleischfresser, the Iguana Cafe is less than a mile from that original location up Western Avenue where Earl's Barbecue now resides.

In the summer of 2009, Mason, Painter and chef Ryan Parrott resuscitated the concept with The Iguana Mexican Grill.

Iguana Cafe won't have Taco Tuesday's, apologies to Taco John's for the mention, but will have Tapas Tuesdays.

“We wanted to do something special for this location,” Bennett said.

Co-owner Robert Painter worked at the original Iguana and is thrilled to be returning the concept to its roots in a format similar to its earliest days.

“We're home,” he said.

Meanwhile, Iguana Mexican Grill, 9 NE Ninth St., will throw its annual Cinco de Mayo Street Party on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. with live music starting at noon.