An Indianapolis couple planning to expand their Mexican restaurant chain in the anchor spot at The Commons has delayed opening until September.

Renovation work is continuing for Luciana’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, which had planned to open Aug. 2 in the Commons restaurant space formerly occupied by Jordy McTaggart’s Grill & Pub.

Sarah Bravo, who owns the restaurant chain with her husband Alberto, said renovation work is taking longer than expected, but the restaurant at 310 Washington St. is on track to open next month.

“We are really looking forward to it,” she said. “We want to do it right.”

Contractors are installing granite countertops and crown molding, and have added a private event room at the back of the restaurant, Alberto Bravo said. The private event room, separated from the restaurant with sliding doors, will seat 15 people.

The couple decided to reduce the bar area from the amount of space Jordy’s had delegated to it, instead shifting the space to be a more family-style restaurant, he said.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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