Starting a couple decades back, Methuen became a magnet for Mexican restaurants. Mi Mexico Lindo, Tekila’s, Plaza Azteca’s, Margarita’s, Chipotle and Casa Blanca arrived in the city that previously had no place to hang your sombrero.

The trend these days is to bring your Asian restaurant to Methuen. Three are on the way and a fourth opened earlier this summer.

After Not Your Average Joe’s closed at The Loop during the COVID pandemic, a handful of Vietnamese friends opened Pho City. The restaurant retains its bar and same seating area, featuring bowls of thick noodle soup called pho (pronounced “fuh”). Months earlier, the same group of friends opened Gong Cha Tea.