Margarita’s Lounge, Restaurant & Bar opens on Main Street, Torrington


TORRINGTON – The Margarita Lounge, Restaurant and Bar is open and offers guests a variety of dishes with an Ecuadorian twist.

Business partners Tania Borja and Franklin Marquin, joined by Marquin’s mother Irma Marchan in the kitchen, want Margarita’s to be a lively nightclub with live DJs playing dance music while patrons enjoy the food and drink.

Bringing a taste of their home country, Ecuador, inspired them to find a space for Margarita, named after Marquin’s grandmother. “There are a lot of restaurants in Torrington, but not with that food, Ecuadorian cuisine,” Marquin said.

“We’ll have chicken and rice, empanadas, tamales, fried chicken, fish, fried plantains, tacos… with that flavor of the house,” Borja said.


The kitchen has been updated and is spacious with a large stove and plenty of prep space for Marchan to prepare his Ecuadorian dishes.

The aim of the partners is to create a fun and festive atmosphere on Main Street. To this end, they renovated the interior of the old 829 restaurant and lounge with a nightclub atmosphere.

Owner Steve Temkin worked with the partners to lease the restaurant space. The renovated bar, with a mirror behind, faces booths with red upholstery, glossy black flooring, white walls, and coffered ceiling lighting with colored lights.

There is much more space for birthdays, receptions, and other gatherings in an adjacent party room. The partners are awaiting their liquor license and plan to sell imported and local beer, margaritas, mojitos and other summer drinks.

Marquin is a DJ and plans to use the party hall for music and dancing, and has installed rotating lighting for the dance floor. “There will be good music,” he said with a smile.

“We can do it all here, for people who want more room for a party,” Borja said.

The partners also plan to offer catering services. They have already started serving food to a few curious customers who noticed the little ‘open’ lighted sign in the window. Margarita’s officially opened on Friday.

Temkin was happy to welcome a new tenant on Main Street.

“It’s so exciting to see young people coming here and wanting to start a business, to be part of Torrington,” he said. “They did a great job in this space.”

Margarita’s opens at 11 am Monday through Sunday; it is closed on Tuesday. To learn more, call 860-201-5797 or visit them on Facebook.


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