Locally Owned Mexican Restaurant Opening in Former Panera Location
Jul 14, 2015 09:01PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Salsa Verde opened in Yorkville in 2012. The restaurant's owners have signed a lease to locate in the former Oswego Panera Bread storefront.
Oswego diners desperate for the addition of a new local family owned restaurant should be happy with the news that Yorkville-based Salsa Verde is planning an Oswego location.
According to Vijay Gadde, Oswego’s economic development director, the restaurant’s owners have signed a lease to locate in the former Panera Bread eatery in the Oswego Commons Shopping Center. The restaurant could be open as soon as this fall.
An opening date has yet to be set, but Gadde said the owners are in the process of applying for a village liquor license.
Salsa Verde is owned by the Aréchiga-Santillán family, who are originally from Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. They opened their first authentic Mexican food location in Yorkville in 2012. Since then they’ve opened Salsa Verde locations in St. Charles and in Indianapolis.
According to information on the company's website, the family started the business to create an "inviting, family-friendly restaurant."
"Our main goal is to offer outstanding, authentic Mexican food in a timely manner and at an incomparable price," the site says.
The Oswego Commons location has been vacant since March 2014 when Panera moved its location further east on Route 34 to Gerry Centennial Plaza.