Wednesday, July 17, 2024


Viva Zapata Celebrates 50th Anniversary on Saturday Image
Viva Zapata, the iconic Mexican restaurant in the heart of Saugatuck, will hold a party Saturday from noon until closing to celebrate its 50th year in business. The restaurant first opened in 1969 on Post Road East near what is now Playhouse Square and was owned by Duke and Jette Merdinger. After a fire destroyed the building later that year, the restaurant moved to its current location on Riverside Avenue in Saugatuck. Longtime employee Bob O’Mahony partnered with his brother-in-law Harry Brady and bought the restaurant from the Merdingers in 1993. They have owned and operated it since. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

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