Chili’s opens new home in Tumon Sands Plaza

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Marcus Fong, managing director, says the new location incorporated the latest designs of the Chili's brand.

Chili’s Grill & Bar Guam has officially moved to its newest location in the heart of Tumon, and earlier today island dignitaries joined in to cut the ceremonial ribbon.

Chili’s Grill & Bar has officially closed down its previous location at the Guam Premier Outlets and will be welcoming guests into their new home on the second floor of Tumon Sands Plaza on Friday, Sept. 13.

The Tex-Mex menu has not changed much, but patrons of Chili’s Bar & Grill will find that this new location has a much newer look and feel.

Marcus Fong, managing director, says that this is the newest of all the franchise restaurants to open worldwide and it incorporates the latest designs of the Chili’s brand.

The design is inspired by its rich Tex-Mex heritage and identity, as well as incorporating the beauty of Guam with a commissioned central wall art by local artist Jeff Ejan.

Fong says that their main goal is to elevate the guest’s experience.

“And I think with this new location, what you’ll see is a lot more cozy … we’ve got a lot of new designs and feels … So I think we’re really going to elevate the guest’s experience, that’s really the main thing we’re going for,” Fong said.

Although the space is relatively smaller, the layout of the restaurant offers different experiences wherever guests are situated in the 140-seat restaurant.

“We’ve created as part of our design a private dining area where we can host birthday parties and our small gatherings. We also have a patio area that’s a little bit more private so we have a different feel. So depending on the occasion, depending on what you’re going out for … if it’s just a night out or if it’s a date night or if it’s a birthday or graduation … I think we have the space that can cater to all of that,” Fong said.

The new space features lighting and artwork that evoke a modern retro vibe while the wide glass panels promote natural light and a great view of the hustle and bustle of Tumon.

Aside from the new look, Chili’s general manager Frank Lujan says that their new technology, such as handheld ordering systems, will also provide better and faster service.

“I think customers will definitely see the difference in the quality of food and the speed of service and we feel good about it. We’re really proud to be the newest Chili’s in the world,” Lujan said.

The restaurant will officially open for lunch on Friday, Sept. 13. Their hours of operation for the Tumon Sands location are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, log on to chilisguam.com.

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