History of Margaritas


The Margarita is created by bartender Carlos “Danny” Herrera in Mexico.


Margaritas founder John Pelletier begins his restaurant career as a dishwasher


Margaritas Numero Uno opens in Concord, NH!


First restaurant in Maine opens (Orono!)


John and Dave Pelletier take first trip to Mexico.


Nachos Cowabunga debut in Concord, NH


Full Moon Margarita Madness debuts.


The “Double Dip” episode of Seinfeld airs sparking lively debate in the free chip eating world


Margaritas Management Group was created.


First location in Connecticut opens (Mystic)


The Russelrita debuts


Pat Picciano leads the first Margaritas Field Trip in Portsmouth, NH.


Gail Stanwyk enjoys the first margarita of the 21st century in Keene, NH


First location in Massachusetts opens (Waltham)


Elvis dines at Margaritas. At least we think it was him. Can’t be sure.


Margaritas begins franchising!


Margaritas celebrates 25 Years of Food, Culture and History


Margaritas elected to the NH Magazine Best of New Hampshire Hall of Fame


Margaritas announces expansion into Pennsylvania


Opened 25th Margaritas Location!


Margaritas of Methuen opens!

We're award winning!

Best Margaritas

New Hampshire Magazine, 2015

New Hampshire

Best Mexican Restaurant

New Hampshire Magazine, 2015

New Hampshire

Wicked Local Reader's Choice Awards 2014 Lexington, MA

The Day Magazine, 2016

Mystic, CT

Best After Work Bar, 2014, 2105 & 2106

NH Business Review Best of Business

Keene, NH

Best Business Lunch, 2014 & 2105

NH Business Review Best of Business

Keene, NH

NH Magazine Best Of - Hall of Fame

New Hampshire Magazine

New Hampshire

Best Nachos

New Hampshire Magazine, 2014

New Hampshire

Best Regional Chain

New Hampshire Magazine, 2014

New Hampshire

Regional Gold

Wicked Local 2014 Readers Choice Awards

Lexington, MA

Best Night Spot for Fun

USA Today

Hartford, CT

Leadership Team

John Pelletier

John Pelletier has spent his entire career in the restaurant industry beginning as a dishwasher at Chuck’s Steakhouse in Connecticut.  Eventually John relocated to Concord, NH as a manager and ultimately became the owner Tio Juan’s.  That restaurant evolved into Margaritas Mexican Restaurant and the family of 26 restaurants it is today.  John now oversees the Board of Directors for Margaritas and still influences the culture and direction of the company, the people and our great flavors.

Dave Pelletier

Like his older brother, Dave Pelletier started out as a dishwasher for Chuck’s Steakhouse.  He continued his restaurant career with a brief stint with Chili’s in Florida.  John eventually convinced Dave to join him with the lure of opening more restaurants throughout New England.  Dave was instrumental in coordinating the flow of Mexican decor into Margaritas as well as building the team that would help the restaurants grow.  Dave continues to be a vital part of the company as an active Board Member who continues to influence the growth and vision of the company.

Mario Mancini

Mario was named Chief Financial Officer of Margaritas in February of 2013. His past experience includes CFO at New France, LLC in Boston, Controller at the Briar Group, LLC in Boston and CFO for The Olive Group Management, LLC also in Boston, MA. Mario is a CPA, graduate of the University of Lowell and has earned a Master’s Degree in taxation from Bentley College.

Thomas Radomski

Thomas has been Vice President of Franchise Operations since October 2008. From December 2001 to June 2008, Thomas was Vice President of Operations for MMG. From February 2000 to December 2001 Thomas was a Director of Operations for MMG.