Mexican Restaurant Opens ‘Away from the Middle’

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Filiberto’s in Anthem just days before it opened. Photos by Robert Roy Britt

Why would someone put a Filiberto’s franchise in Anthem?

“We wanted to get away from the middle,” said manager Cesar Valdez, standing outside the new restaurant and pointing toward Phoenix. “There are too many restaurants down there.” Plus, added franchise owner Manuel Cruz, “The people need it here.” The restaurant opened Oct. 13.

On this sunny Sunday, there was just one table open during the lunch hour. What’s the big draw? “Carne asada burritos, made fresh every day,” Valdez said. “And big portions.” Cruz said they hope to serve bottled beer after a couple months, and outdoor seating is planned.

Filiberto’s
Shops at Anthem
3434 W. Anthem Way, #146
623-551-5092, www.filibertos.com

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Outdoor seating is planned for the patio in front of Filiberto’s.

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Robert Roy Britt
NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.
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Robert Roy Britt

NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.

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