Macayo’s Depot Cantina is the Cornerstone of Fun and Great Mexican Food in Tempe

By Lynette Carrington

Macayo’s has been a cherished Valley tradition since 1946. Macayo’s Depot Cantina in Tempe has long been the destination in Tempe for exceptional Mexican food and cocktails. The unique location makes it a perfect place to enjoy a meal and cocktails or throw a party.

Director of Marketing and Brand Management for Macayo’s, Ashley Negron explains, “It used to just be the Depot Cantina. Macayo’s bought the building in 1991 and it became Macayo’s Depot Cantina. It’s called the Depot Cantina because literally, it was the old Tempe train station. The cabooses in the back have a big sign and that is original! We had a painter refurbish it.” The cabooses feature full air conditioning and bathrooms. Because of the intimate and fun nature of the cabooses, they can be rented out for parties and special events. Contact Macayo’s Catering at (602) 200-1780 to book your next event!

“The Tempe location is its own concept and is a little bit different from our other Macayo’s,” says Negron. “It has the same recipes and food items and the classic menu items are there. But, there are also about 30 additional menu items including seared ahi, BBQ pork tacos and seafood stuffed jalapenos, to name a few.”

Negron says, “The menu is approachable for a wide variety of people because they have burgers, chicken sandwiches and wraps and many non-Mexican items. It’s great for groups because everyone has something to choose from and the menu is huge.” Macayo’s Depot Cantina is also a hot spot for visiting teams that are playing at ASU. Recently, the restaurant hosted nearly 250 people from Oregon! “It’s a really fun location and there’s a lot of history here,” adds Negron.

The high energy location is located just right off of ASU’s campus. Sure, it can be a college hangout at times, but local businesses utilize Macayo’s Depot Cantina for business lunches, special events and happy hours. “The Tempe location also brings in a lot of travelers because it’s near the airport and on the light rail,” Negron states. “Anything fun that you want to do, Macayo’s Depot Cantina is the spot for it!”

Happy hour at Macayo’s Depot Cantina is really something special. From 3:30 -6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, guests will enjoy appetizers ranging from $3.75 to $6.00, $3 happy hour margaritas, draft beer and domestic bottles and $6 featured margaritas, wine and red sangria. Macayo’s Depot Cantina also features “Brunch and Beats” on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Mimosas, bloody marys and margaritas are available for $3-$5.

Be on the lookout for the fishbowl at Macayo’s. Drop your business card in and two winners each month will receive a free happy hour appetizer buffet for up to 30 people!

Macayo’s invites all its guests to “Join The Family” via its online link. The free Macayo’s membership includes a delicious gift when you first join, Macayo’s special news and events, exclusive offers and coupons and e-club anniversary treats.

Family-owned and operated, Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen has been serving fresh, homemade Mexican cuisine since 1946! Still used today, almost 70 years later, are the signature recipes created by original owners Woody and Victoria Johnson. These two were committed to quality ingredients served with a warm and friendly touch.

Woody and Victoria Johnson began Macayo’s in 1946, opening their first restaurant on Central Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona. That day they established the standards on food quality, freshness and guest experience that continue today. You will taste the tradition at every table, in every dish and every flavorful ingredient! Every family has their secrets, the Johnson’s just happen to be recipes!

Macayo’s has 12 Arizona locations in Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix, Glendale, Surprise, Goodyear, Casa Grande and Tucson. Visit for individual locations. Macayo’s Depot Cantina is located at 300 S. Ash, Tempe. Call (480) 966-6677 for additional information and quotes for catering and in-restaurant banquets.

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