Since 1892, Hussong's Cantina has been a stop for many travelers heading to Baja California. The family-run Ensenada, Mexico, institution boasts that it invented the first margarita in 1941. The Hussongs, German immigrants, claim they poured the first glass of the tequila drink to Margarita Henkel, the daughter of Germany's ambassador to Mexico.
Now, through the ingenuity of a Newport Beach lawyer and his business partner, the iconic bar might find its way to Orange County.
Jeffrey Marks, a corporate lawyer who lives in Newport Coast, and his partner, Scott Frost, recently purchased the licensing rights for three of Baja California's most-frequented watering holes: The Giggling Marlin Bar & Grille, Papas & Beer and Hussong's Cantina. Marks and Frost are only scouting Orange County for the latter, which debuted its first international location at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Jan. 21.
Although geographically San Diego is the closest Southern Californian city to the original Hussong's, Marks believes that Orange County could be the right location for the cantina's second opening on American soil.