Ana Maria's Mexican Cuisine Opens In Downtown Ringgold

Friday, December 20, 2013
Ana Maria's celebrated their grand opening this December in Downtown Ringgold.
Ana Maria's celebrated their grand opening this December in Downtown Ringgold.
- photo by Joseph Brellenthin
A new restaurant, Ana Maria's Mexican Cuisine, has opened in the Historic Downtown Business District in Ringgold.  Replacing the former Don Lo Lo's that had been a fixture of downtown for many years, Ana Maria will bring new life to an important part of Nashville Street with a blend of traditional Mexican fare and several interesting Mediterranean dishes.  The newly renovated interior offers a bright and welcoming atmosphere and the new owners hope to capitalize on a location close to activities at the Historic Ringgold Train Depot.

"We offer the best Mexican food but also the best Mediterranean food, just because we can!" explained manager Wanda Ramirez.  Mrs. Ramirez is bringing some of that variety from her experience at the Apocalypse Restaurant in Fort Oglethorpe. "I have a team of experts in the kitchen that is capable of pleasing the most demanding taste buds," said Ms. Ramirez.

That variety should translate into a more enjoyable dining experience for all visitors of Ringgold.  "When Don Lo Lo's closed it was a surprise to a lot of folks who come downtown," said Joseph Brellenthin, the Director of Downtown Development for the City of Ringgold, "but within a few months the renovations were underway and we were excited to see what was coming."  Mr. Brellenthin explained that the City of Ringgold is home to about 17 locally owned eateries and a growing number of fast food establishments on Highway 151. "It's always important as a City that we attract a great mix of restaurants because it can help make downtown into a 'destination' for people to eat, shop, and enjoy the downtown environment," said Mr. Brellenthin.

"Everything you eat here, is made here," explained owner Ricardo Ramirez.  "Our suppliers bring ingredients, not processed food, that is free from preservatives and hormones," said Mr. Ramirez. "We offer Angus beef and hormone free, never frozen chicken breast and organic veggies."  Ana Maria's goal is to cater to a market of restaurant goers that are concerned about the origin and composition of their food. "I'm excited to bring to downtown Ringgold a concept like no other: outstanding food cooked from scratch every day and royal service," said Mr. Ramirez.  When asked about the new menu, Mr. Ramirez suggested that some of the "must try" items for new customers would be the: chimichangas, stuffed Poblanos, Pollo Loco, Pollo Rico, sizzling fajitas, calzones, gyros and Greek salad and our Philly Steak Sub.

Ana Maria's Mexican Cuisine is located at 7859 Nashville Street/Highway 41 near the corner with Depot Street in the former Don Lo Lo's building.  They will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.  For information about the restaurant you can visit them on facebook at www.facebook.com/anamariarestaurant or call for information at 706 935-6394.

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