Photographer: Ron Wise
“We were really looking for a new location that would attract more customers and enable us to have more room to grow,” Ortiz says. “We will also have even more visibility by being so close to 96th Street and I-69. We are also looking forward to meeting new friends.”
Riviera Maya’s old location at 8657 E. 116th Street, Fishers, started eight years ago and has garnered a large following of loyal customers who love Ortiz’ food. They keep coming back for more delicious lunches and dinners.
“Looking for a new place was a nice problem to have,” Ortiz says. “When we opened in 2010, we had so many people who enjoyed their food right away and told us they would tell their friends. We just kept growing from there.”
The new Riviera Maya Bar & Grill, which opened in late May, has already brought back Ortiz’ old friends and welcomed new ones.
“The Fishers community has been overwhelmingly supportive of us all the way,” Ortiz says. “They have been very excited about our new location and have told us they would follow us anywhere. You love hearing things like that. Many people have also told us they appreciate how we are open seven days a week. We open up at 11 a.m. every day, and we are ready to go.”
Ortiz noted that he and his kitchen staff stress local, fresh and sustainable materials.
“Our fajitas are one of our most popular meals,” Ortiz says. “We use our special recipe to season tender strips of chicken breasts or strips of steak. We grill them with onions, tomatoes and bell peppers. They are served with rice, beans, lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole and tortillas. Our Taco Salad Fajita is a tasty and crispy flour tortilla that is made with grilled chicken or steak strips. We have a lot of people complimenting us on it.”
Lunch favorites include the Chimichangas, Corn Tortillas, Burritos and Huevos Rancheros.
“Our tacos, enchiladas, tamales, tostadas and chalupas are also a big hit,” Ortiz says. “We also have a Tostaguac, which is a flat, crispy corn tortilla filled with ground beef, beans, lettuce, shredded cheese, guacamole and diced tomatoes.”
Riviera Maya Bar & Grill, which also has locations in Anderson and Columbus, Indiana, is also a popular dinner destination.
“We have been a big hit with a lot of Fishers families who love to come to Riviera Maya to relax and unwind,” Ortiz says. “Many people have complimented the décor and atmosphere. They order their favorites and also try something different.”
The Nachos Supremos is popular with guests. “It has our traditional cheese nachos, covered with ground beef, shredded chicken and refried beans,” Ortiz says.
The Juanitos Enchiladas, another big hit, features three corn tortillas dipped in a poblano sauce and filled with spicy chicken, topped with shredded cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and tomatoes and served with rice.
“Our Guadalajara has grown more popular, too,” Ortiz adds. “It’s one shredded chicken burrito and one shredded chicken enchilada, covered with our special enchilada sauce. We also have several burritos which have really taken off.”
Ortiz is planning some new dishes in the fall as well.
“After we get settled in the new location with our favorites, I want to have some new menu items,” Ortiz says. “I like to keep things fresh.”
Ortiz adds that he and his family have greatly appreciated how much support they have received over the last eight years.
“The community has been with us every step of the way,” Ortiz says. “They are very excited about our new location and are ready for some more great food.”
Riviera Maya is located at 9770 Cross Pointe Blvd. You can give them a call at 317-845-9920 or visit them online at rivieramayamexicanrestaurant.com.