By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Restaurants | Issue: November 2008
Heyka Zambrano, owner of Arizona Mexican Restaurant, proudly displays the Best Mexican 2008 Platinum Award presented by the Best Independent Restaurants Association.
When you have that craving for authentic Mexican cuisine, think Arizona Mexican Restaurant at 66th and South Lewis in Tulsa. It has received the Best Mexican 2008 Platinum Award from the Best Independent Restaurants Association (BIRA). The restaurant was selected for the award based on its cleanliness, service, food presentation and speed. BIRA was formed to ensure that small business restaurants would have the essential tools needed to increase their customer base and operate more efficiently. Owner Heyka Zambrano says she has listened attentively to the organization’s suggestions for making improvements in her restaurant and marketing her business.
Arizona Mexican Restaurant has been located on South Lewis for 14 years. It recently began participating in the Fork Over Your Vote promotion, enabling patrons to cast a jellybean vote for the presidential candidate of their choice. This campaign takes place across America and over the years has used jellybeans to predict the presidential election results; to date, it has never been wrong. Many participants choose to eat the jellybean and cast their vote with a U.S. quarter. The money collected is donated to the Blue Star Mothers organization.
Zambrano began a fun new promotion in October that she calls Bald Tuesday. Any patron eating at Arizona Mexican Restaurant on a Tuesday can mention his or her baldness to the waiter to receive a discount of 10, 20 or 30 percent off the total ticket, depending on the amount of baldness the customer is sporting. This promotion is only offered when beverages of any type are ordered with the meal. Your waiter will not bring up the subject of your baldness; that would be impolite! It is the customer’s responsibility to mention it in order to get the appropriate discount.
The month of November will focus on gift card sales. Basically, the more you’re willing to spend on gift cards for others – friends, relatives, coworkers – the more you will receive in return. For example, buy a $25 gift card and receive another $10 gift card free. The free gift cards you receive must be redeemed between January 1 and February 10, 2009.
December will feature a No Peeking promotion. Each time you eat at Arizona Mexican Restaurant, you will receive a sealed envelope, which you must open in front of your server. An amount will be indicated inside, and you may deduct the amount from your total bill or donate the designated amount to a charity organization selected by the restaurant. Each envelope will be a winner. What a great way to benefit yourself or a good charity!
“All of our dishes are prepared fresh each day, and we serve authentic Mexican food,” says Zambrano. Two recognized specialties at Arizona Mexican Restaurant are white queso and Jose’s signature margaritas. The restaurant is also now offering shrimp cocktail and fish tacos. Catering services are available, and they can serve up to 300 people at any of your special events – weddings, reunions, business meetings or quinceañeras. Arizona has provided catering services for years, and you can be assured that your event will not be a practice session for the restaurant’s employees. They have lots of experience, and each event is the real thing. The restaurant also has a private room that will accommodate up to 20 guests.
Arizona Mexican Restaurant is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. “Ven y cenar con nosotros,” says Zambrano.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.