Avon Lake, Ohio
Ever since the former Burger King restaurant, 519 Avon Belden Road, closed its doors nearly two years ago in Avon Lake, many wondered what would become of the space. Construction crews have been at the location for several weeks and I can now confirm the space will be transformed into a Mexican restaurant. Las Margaritas is scheduled to open in December.
Rogelio Hernandez, who has owned several area Mexican restaurants, including Si Señors restaurants, El Jalapeños in Lakewood, and the Mexican restaurant in North Ridgeville, is bringing his passion back for creating successful restaurants.
“It’s not just a restaurant, it’s my passion,” he said. “This is about how you feel in your heart. This is who we are, my whole family. I want my family to be part of it. We want to make this a good, nice place. We will work hard for it.”
Las Margaritas will have many of the familiar Mexican favorites including tacos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, and fajitas.
The restaurant space will be sleek and modern with seating for approximately 120 people, plus seating at the bar. A patio is slated to be installed next spring.
“Of course we will have top shelf margaritas, and also plan to have a margarita sampler on the menu,” said Hernandez. “We want this place to be a cool place for people to come and hang out.”
Hernandez also noted that once things are up and running after opening, he hopes to add weekend brunch to the menu.
“There are not many places in the area doing Saturday and Sunday brunch,” he said. “We would like to start offering breakfast burritos and other breakfast items on the weekends.”
New businesses: It appears the former Countryside Antiques space at 36290 Detroit Road will not sit vacant much longer. Thomas English Development is requesting the city’s Board of Zoning and Building Appeals vote (meeting is Oct. 5) to accept a proposal for two commercial buildings consisting of a financial institution, medical office and restaurants, as well as a variance for 14 parking spaces; code requires 149 parking spaces, applicant proposes 135 parking spaces. Stay tuned for more information as the application process continues through the city’s planning commission and council.
PetSmart opening: The Avon Commons 18,300-square-foot PetSmart store will have a grand opening at 9 am Oct. 8 (next to target). Soft opening will take place this week. The pet specialty store also offers grooming and dog training services.
Bakery to close, new one coming: Within days after Mimzy’s Bakehouse, 32824 Walker Road, owners announced the shop is closing Oct. 16, a new bakery has already been announced it will be moving in. Mimzy’s Bakehouse owners posted on social media that due to ‘some family medical issues, they are being forced to close.
The post states, ‘We have spent two years of our lives building and nursing the bakery and would love to see someone keep it going. We love all of our customers and are so amazingly grateful for the amazing level of community support.’
Within a week, Susan St. Aubyn-Zeyer posted that her business, Susan’s Sugar & Spice, will be moving into the bakery space with a tentative grand opening expected to take place Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) with a special for any military personnel . According to information posted on the bakery’s website, St Aubyn-Zeyer, a former Spanish teacher, has been making cakes, chocolates and pastries for almost 20 years. For more information, go to susansugarspice.com.
Library project: The main entrance (south side of building) of the Avon Lake Public Library will be closed temporarily for door replacement from Oct. 10 – 14. Patrons are asked to use the north entrance or curbside pick-up. For entry, park and walk around the east side of the building (closest to the church) to the north entrance doors. If using curbside, park on the west side of the building (near the dumpsters), call the curbside number, 440.933.8128, and library employees bring the hold items out to you.
Living without cable: Are you thinking about cutting the cord? Learn more about how to find news and entertainment without cable television during a presentation at 5 pm Oct. 11 at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd. To register, go to alpl.org.
Fall leaf pickup begins: The city’s Public Works Department will be picking up leaves now through December (weather permitting). Leaves should be placed on the tree lawn area, not in the street. Residents are reminded to keep catch basins clear of debris to reduce flooding during heavy rains. Leaf piles should only contain leaves. Leaves and branches should be separated as they are collected with different equipment and branch pick up is not a regular service during fall leaf season. Refrain from putting leaves in islands of cul-de-sacs as it is difficult for large trucks to maneuver around the area. City crews follow a route through the city and there is no specific day for pick up. Depending on the amount of leaves to be collected, it can take the crews as long as two to three weeks to complete a full route.
Kimble Recycling & Disposal, Inc. will also be picking leaves up simultaneously through December. Leaves can be put in paper bags or personal containers that are 33 gallons or less. Personal containers should be labeled “yard waste” and placed at curbside on the regularly scheduled day for garbage pickup by Kimble.
Garden Club meeting: The Garden Club of North Ridgeville will meet at 6 pm Oct. 11 at the Sandy Ridge Reservation, 6195 Otten Road. The speaker for the evening will be Amanda Davidson, tour and education director of the Lorain County Historical Society. The program will discuss homes and gardens of 19th Century Elyria. Members will be electing officers for the next year. New members are welcome. For information, call 440-365-8522.
Lions Club event: The Lions Club of North Ridgeville presents Beatles, Beer and Brats at 6 pm Nov. 5 at the North Ridgeville VFW, 6805 Lear Nagle Road. The event includes dinner, music, drinks (beer, wine and pop), and raffles. Cost is $45. Proceeds support the many programs funded by the Lions Club. To purchase tickets online, go to lionsclubofnr.square.site. Tickets are also available at the door.
Senior center flu shot clinic: Marc’s Pharmacy employees will be administering flu shots to seniors from 10 am to 1 pm Oct. 13 at the Senior Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road. To register, call 440-353-0828.
Tot’s Trick or Treat: Families are invited to bring the kids out for the annual free Tot’s Trick-or-Treat at 1 pm Oct. 28 at city hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road. Residents are asked to register through the Parks and Recreation Department, go to northridgeville.recdesk.com.
Shout out: Thank you to the North Ridgeville City Schools RSVP program. Students recently painted the city’s community cabin.
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