A Mexican restaurant has reopened in the metro area.
After a yearlong hiatus, El Alazan Mexican restaurant has opened in a new location, in the Food Lion shopping center on Evans to Locks Road.
Previously in the Earth Fare shopping center on Furys Ferry Road, the restaurant closed in 2010 when owner Leo Garcia moved to open a new restaurant.
After one year, however, Garcia moved back to the Augusta area and said he is glad to be back in town.
"We missed our friends and the warm weather," Garcia said.
He and his parents, Jesus and Elena Garcia, and his sister, Stacy Garcia, own the restaurant.
Leo said the family chose the new Evans to Lock Road location because it is close to their home, and also close to many of their customers.
"It's a really nice area," he said. "A lot of people know us already, and that makes a big difference."
El Alazan employs eight people and could grow because the new location is larger than the previous one.
The shopping center opened in 2009 with the construction of a Food Lion anchor store.