Monday December 23, 2013 | 12:17 PM

El Rayo manager Norine Kotts has confirmed that Tod Dana and Alex Fisher, who own the two El Rayos on York Street in Portland, are opening a third location at 245 Route One in the Oak Hill section of Scarborough.

The 4,500 square-foot structure, which will be completely renovated, was formerly the home of a Cumberland Farms, Cartridge World and Jackson Hewitt Tax Services. "The opportunity to repurpose an unremarkable cinderblock building is the sort of challenge that fits perfectly into the El Rayo brand," according to a letter submitted by Grant Hays Associates architects to the Scarborough Planning Board.

Outside, according to the letter: "The west side of the building will be opened up with new windows and doors to take advantage of the afternoon and setting sun’s ambiance and solar heat gain. The proposed outdoor seasonal dining patio at the west side of the building will feature a pergola independently framed with timbers and rough sawn wood int the traditional Mexican architectural style."

Inside, the restaurant will have an open kitchen with 8 "theater" seats, a 10-stool bar and a mix of booths and other tables seating 84.

Kotts said the new El Rayo Tacqueria y Cantina is expected to open next summer.

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