HAMPTON — Al Fleury got the green light Wednesday to expand his beach bar empire with a new outdoor Mexican-themed restaurant at Hampton Beach.
The town Planning Board voted 4-2 to approve the site plan for Luchos Tequila Bar at 16 L St. Fleury also owns Bernie’s Beach Bar, Wally’s Pub, and The Goat and the Green Room at Hampton Beach.
“It will be another stop for people,” said Fleury who hopes to open the Mexican eatery by late July or early August.
The property, which is near Fleury’s Goat restaurant, currently consists of two homes that have been used for residential apartments.
The proposal calls for the demolition of the front home and transforming the second 900- square-foot rear building into the kitchen with an outdoor tequila bar. The front of the property will be transformed into a greenspace courtyard, where the outdoor seating for the restaurant will be located.
Architect Charlie Hoyt said the outdoor courtyard will be confined between the back rear building where the tequila bar is located and what he calls the Alamo, a 6-foot wall mirroring the Texas cultural icon.
From the street, the front facade will have a southwestern motif with stucco and rod iron fence with an archway gate to enter the property.
When people enter through the archway on L Street, Hoyt said, they will walk through a garden with lush green plants, including hardy bananas and two trees, to get to the courtyard.
“It’s an experience to get to the restaurant,” Hoyt said. “You have to go through the gate then you have to go through the Alamo wall, which is another gate. It’s a visual experience to get to the courtyard and restaurant.”
The seasonal restaurant and bar will seat up to 98. The hours of operation will be between 9 a.m. and 1 a.m.