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It takes a lot of confi dence in this economy not only to expand the seating in your restaurant by three times, but just a year later to open a second location in Naples as well. But then Ismael and Diana Perez, owners of Margarita's restaurant at Marco Town Center Mall, have always had complete confi dence in the quality of their food, as evidenced by their promise you'll agree they serve the best Mexican food on Marco or they'll give you your meal for free! Apparently their confi dence springs both from their customers' comments and the fact that Ismael is the chef and knows that everything, from their beans and rice to their famous salsa, is made fresh daily in house and Diana is in control of front of house and can ensure that every customer is greeted with a smile.Expansion on Marco and New Second Location in NaplesSo, when many other restaurants are just coasting along waiting for "the good times" to return, at Margarita's they're going full steam ahead. Last year they expanded into the space next door to the Marco restaurant. They now have close to 200 seats, when you include the pretty outside patio area and the decor is very "south of the border", with lots of Mexican pottery (which is also for sale) and a vivid color scheme to match the colorful cuisine on their new menu. And recently they have opened a new second location at 8971 Tamiami Trail in North Naples (FL 34108). Now their customers, who in the past travelled from Naples to Marco to enjoy their great food, will have a location closer to home and their Marco customers will have a greatnew restaurant to visit while they're in Naples.Full Bar with over 30 varieti of TequilaBack on Marco, the full service bar offers fl at screen tvs, four domestic and two Mexican beers on tap and over 30 different tequilas... they even have a separate Margarita menu, which includes a low calorie option for those of us who want to keep in shape but still join in the fun!Everything still made from scratch to orderWith so much expansion you may think they might start cutting corners a little, but Diana assures me that everything on the menu is still made from scratch to order. So, especially at busy times, don't expect your meal to appear too quickly. However, this is a blessing in disguise because it gives you the opportunity to en-joy their complimentary homemade chips (hot and crunchy from the oven) and delicious tomato salsa (so popular they go through between three and fi ve boxes of it a day).Highlights of the wide ranging menu include delicious seafood enchiladas and, my favorite, seafood tacos which come with a wonderful avocado salad topped with succulent shrimp, accom-panied by a light dressing and crunchy taco strips.Call 239.394.6555. Visit www.margaritasontheisland.com. Follow on Facebook & Twitter for specials & coupons.Text Margaritas to 48696 to get coupons, daily specials and events info.Located at 1069 N Collier Blvd, in Marco Town Center Mall. Open daily for lunch, dinner & take out.