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Riviera Maya Taco & Tequila Bar brought the fiesta to Merrillville.

The “fun, hip and festive Mexican taqueria featuring southern Mexican food and drink” proved to be a hit when it opened at 9318 Indianapolis Blvd. in Highland a few years ago, drawing large crowds.

Now it’s expanded to a second location at 540 81st Ave. in Merrillville near the intersection of US 30 and Interstate 65, in the Southlake Mall shopping area. It took over the former Fresh to Order space where another True BBQ restaurant was planned but ultimately never materialized.

Billing itself as “Northwest Indiana’s most popular taco and tequila bar,” Riviera Maya is known for its brightly colored decor, festive vibe, and Instagrammable food. It offers many varieties of tacos like asada, al pastor, Cochinita Pibil, chicken tinga and “Da Region” combining steak and chorizo. Its Mexican cuisine also includes tortas, burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, alambre, fajitas, steak and salmon.

Appetizers include guacamole, white queso, queso fundido, ceviche de tostadas, and carne asade fries.

The bar serves tequila, tequila flights, mezcal, micheladas, craft cocktails, classic cocktails, and “Mayaritas,” including the frozen variety. Big spenders can splurge on $39.99 cocktail tumblers or $175 birthday packages that include a bottle of Moët champagne, churros, a sombrero and a sparkler show.

For more information, call 219-915-0005, email or