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New Mexican Restaurant Receives Facade Improvement Grant

HALTON HILLS, ON – The Town celebrated the official grand opening of a new restaurant, The Mexican Way, on December 10. Façade improvements to the front of the building were supported through the municipality’s Community Improvement Program (CIP) Façade Improvement Grant.

“It is my pleasure to welcome The Mexican Way to Halton Hills,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “I am always pleased to see businesses utilize the CIP. Grants that support façade improvements in particular, provide a two-fold benefit – both the financial assistance to the owner but also the added value to the community of contributing to the visual appeal of the streetscape. As a new restaurant in town, The Mexican Way is a great example of a business that has taken full advantage of the programs and services provided by the municipality to support business resiliency.”

The grant supported a number of improvements including a new sign, replacement of the lower siding to board and batten (keeping with the building’s heritage features), and a fresh coat of paint. Earlier this year, The Mexican Way opened a temporary outdoor patio in their back parking area through the Town’s Al Fresco in the Hills temporary patio program which was launched to provide additional dining space during COVID-19.

“We are happy to be in Acton. Sharing our culture through food is an amazing experience and we try to learn and improve every day.” said The Mexican Way owners Julian Cruz Paniagua and Veronica Velez Gonzalez. “The community support has been overwhelming and we have been able to take advantage of many programs through the Town since opening including the CIP Grant and the Digital Main Street Program, which has been very supportive throughout the pandemic. Thank you to the people of Acton and thank you to the Town of Halton Hills.”

The Mexican Way was able to participate in the Town’s culinary tourism initiatives. With the support of the Provincial Tourism Recovery Funding, the Town was able to join the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance to support the promotion of local restaurants and farm businesses to a wider audience. The Mexican Way, along with 14 other local culinary businesses are included in Halton Hills’ Passport, which can be downloaded on the Visit Halton Hills website.

The Community Improvement Program supports eligible businesses in Halton Hills by providing grants and loan programs to encourage revitalization, attract additional private sector investment, fast-track the redevelopment of underutilized properties and support local jobs.

CIP applications are accepted year-round at the Town, subject to eligibility and available funding. The Halton Hills CIP launched in 2010, is currently being updated to support changes to business needs and Town priorities. For more information, contact the Town’s Economic Development Office.


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