The new Matt’s Rancho Martinez, on Skillman at Live Oak, doesn’t look like it is close to opening, as we pointed out in a podcast this week. But owner Matt Martinez says he is shooting for an opening before the end of July.

“We’re shooting for sometime this month,” Martinez says. “We’re heading toward the end of construction.”

Matt’s took over the space after Consignment Solution moved across the street, and it has been a total rebuild.

“We did a lot of demo,” Martinez says. “It’s going to be a brand new building from floors to ceiling.”

The new Matt’s will have more parking and a big party room, and the ceilings are not as high, so the noise level will be lower, he says.

Most of the Matt’s Lakewood employees are working in the local restaurant chain’s other stores, and most of the staff plans to come back to the new Lakewood store, he says.

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