OGDEN — In recent years, one of Historic 25th Street’s premier buildings has also been one of the hardest to keep occupied.
But a longtime Ogden chef says he has the ingredients to change that trend.
The restaurant, which Rodriguez describes as serving “modern Mexican cuisine,” is tentatively scheduled to open Feb. 6.
“We’re excited,” Rodriguez said. “We’ll have a soft opening sometime before then and we’re training our waiters and waitresses now.”
Rodriguez has been a player in the Northern Utah restaurant scene for more than a decade. He opened Luis’s Mexican Cuisine in Morgan in 2005. He closed that location in 2012 and moved a slightly different version of the restaurant under the same name to Eden, opening in November 2013.
He says the new spot on 25th Street is a step up from his previous places. Rodriguez said he and his wife, Esbeyde Rodriguez, have been making Mexican dishes together for years, often toiling to get their business off the ground.
“This is a great location,” he said. “We’ve been looking to make a move and we found this place on Thanksgiving. We kind of started really small, little by little, but I always told my wife that we’d make it big someday and now we have.”
The building Sabores De Mexico will occupy originally opened as a Greyhound transfer station in 1940. Since Greyhound left, stable tenants have been hard to come by. Most recently the building was home to the popular Berlin’s Fine Meats and Delicatessen, but the deli closed in late 2015.
According to Weber County property tax records, the building is owned by Prometheus Management IV Utah Holdings, LLC. Rodriguez says he’s renting the building.
“It’s a good spot and we think we can make it work,” he said. “Ogden has quite a few Mexican restaurants, but nothing on 25th Street. We want to fill that need.”
Rodriguez says he uses all fresh ingredients, nothing out of a can. He specializes in seafood, guacamole, empanadas, salads and other authentic Mexican dishes.
According to its Facebook page, the new restaurant will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m., daily.
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