ALLEN, Texas, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Unveiling a fresh and unique design, San Antonio-based Taco Cabana celebrates the opening of an all-new restaurant location today at 810 W Stacy Rd in Allen, Texas. The location marks the chain's first new ground-up redesign and features a more dynamic and inviting atmosphere to enhance the overall guest experience. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120730/DA47876) Capturing the Essence of MexicoInside, decorative metal "estrella" lights hang from the ceiling, while 'papel picado' (iconic cut paper flags symbolizing a Mexican celebration) accents fashioned from laser-cut metal add a festive flair to the mix. String lights break the plane of the building, extending from outside on the patio into the dining room, bringing the patio experience indoors. Large, striking street-life photos from the heart of Mexico line the walls, echoing Taco Cabana's focus on bringing authentic, contemporary Mexican cuisine to its guests. San Antonio photographer Rick Hunter sought to capture images contrary to the common American perception of Mexico, instead opting to capture behind-the-scenes glimpses of true Mexican culture. "We sent Rick deep into Mexico to capture the true essence of the country's culture for our restaurants," said Todd Coerver, chief brand officer at Taco Cabana. "Our inspiration comes from accurately reflecting the flavors of Mexico – from our restaurant design, to the photos that adorn our walls, to the music we play, to the fresh ingredients blended into our made-from-scratch recipes." Contemporizing Mexican ArchitectureThe moment guests walk in to the new restaurant, they will notice a cleaner, more simplified design, balanced with splashes of bold color and plenty of modern rectangular shapes. Inspired by renowned Mexican architects Ricardo Legorreta and Luis Barragan, known for their minimalist architecture, the new design marks a departure from previous restaurant locations and reflects the brand's commitment to authentic Mexican culture. In addition, a redesigned patio with elegant bi-fold doors enhances the perception of bringing the outside in. Landscaping featuring cacti in geometric linear designs adds to the ambiance and offers a relaxing contrast to the bustling city that surrounds.