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Mexican restaurant coming to town

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La Fiesta Brava to open in early summer, owners seasoned restaurant operators

By Mallory Bilger

It’s one of those statements that many Spencer County residents feel like they don’t hear enough — there’s a new restaurant coming to town.
Seasoned restaurant owners and Spencer County residents Reinel and Heather Salgado filed for a business license March 12 to open La Fiesta Brava mexican restaurant in the old On The Way Café location at 100 Tanglewood Drive.
The Salgados currently own three Louisville-based restaurants as part of the well-known El Nopal restaurant chain. Heather said her husband, a native of Mexico, has been in the restaurant business since he was 18 years old and the couple wanted to bring quality mexican food to Spencer County.
“We are hoping that this will open the doors for other businesses to come because there isn’t much out here,” Heather said. “It’s time for Spencer County. It’s beyond time for Spencer County.”
Heather said she and her husband decided not to open another El Nopal  because they wanted to personalize their newest restaurant. Heather said La Fiesta Brava will hold true to El Nopal’s commitment to quality mexican food and its reputation of cleanliness and fast service, but will offer a few additional menu items and will give customers a somewhat different dining experience.
“El Nopal is awesome, but we’re going to upscale it a tad bit,” she said.
“We’re going to change a few things on the menu, like offering potato dishes. We’re going to have a lot of the same recipes but we are tweaking it up differently.”
Heather said one aspect of the restaurant that would vary greatly from the family’s other El Nopal restaurants is that La Fiesta Brava will offer an ice cream and dessert shop, which customers can frequent without having to sit down for a meal. Heather is originally from Hawaii and said the ice cream and dessert shop will have a tropical theme. It will offer homemade desserts, hand-dipped ice cream and frozen yogurt.
“If people don’t want to come in and have a taco, they can just walk in the door and get a dessert. It’s like we’re opening two businesses in one,” she said.
As far as the menu additions, Heather said she and her husband have heard from their El Nopal customers that they would like to see potato dishes added to the menu, so that is part of the plan for La Fiesta Brava’s menu.
“People just love potatoes,” she said.
As far as drinks, Heather said the county’s lack of a liquor-by-the drink policy did not keep them from wanting to locate in Spencer County. She said the restaurant will serve beer.
“We have good food and good service. Alcohol is not going to make or break us,” she said.
Taylorsville Mayor Don Pay said he was excited to see some new business activity in the area.
“A mexican restaurant is something we’ve needed for a long time,” Pay said. “We need to have more restaurants. (La Fiesta Brava) is a sign of growth. It’s always exciting when a new business comes in.”
Heather said renovations are underway at their building. She said she and her husband investigated numerous possible locations for their restaurant, and settled on Tanglewood Drive because they hope to attract lake-goers. She said restaurant-goers can expect colorful, festive decor that follows a mexican-western theme.
Heather said she and Reinel hope to have their restaurant open by the beginning of July. Until then, they will be working to spruce up the building and readying it for customers.
“It’s a positive sign for our economy, and for our dining opportunities,” Pay said.