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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2005

Mexican chain may be coming to Juneau

Baja-themed restaurant Taco Del Mar is trying to place a franchise in Juneau, according to the company's public relations firm.

The privately owned, fast-casual Mexican chain has 180 restaurants in the nation, mostly located throughout the West Coast. It's also planning franchises in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Kenai and possibly elsewhere in Alaska.

The stores make use of a flash-bake oven and an assembly counter where burritos and tacos are made on the spot. Alaska cod will also be on the menu.

Heidi Witherspoon, a spokeswoman for the company, said Taco Del Mar is interested in coming to Juneau but still working to seal the deal.

Citizen of the year to be announced

The Juneau Chamber of Commerce will host its annual dinner Friday at Centennial Hall and announce its Citizen of the Year award.

The Chamber is also giving away two lifetime achievement awards, an occurrence that doesn't happen every year, said chamber Executive Director Chris Wyatt.

The 1950s-themed party will begin with a meeting at 5:30 p.m., then a no-host social from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing at 10:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes.

Tickets are $50. For reservations and more information, call the chamber office at 463-3433.

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