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A Salsarita's will open this summer in Southpoint II
Salsarita's Fresh Cantina is coming to the former Foster's Grille site in Spotsylvania County's Southpoint II by early September.
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By Cathy Jett
Mystic Ice isn't the only new business opening in Southpoint II. Buffalo Wild Wings will open one of its sports bars in early July in the site of the former Uno Chicago Grill, and a Salsarita's Fresh Cantina will open the end of August or early September in the former Foster's Grille site.
Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee Marnie Carabell purchased the former Uno Chicago Grill at 10107 Southpoint Parkway for $1.7 million and has renovated the 5,500-square-foot building as the latest model B-Dubs, as the chain is affectionately known.
It will look similar to the one in Stafford County, which is a corporate-owned restaurant, said Kevin Donham, Carabell's director of operations.
Carabell also owns the Buffalo Wild Wings in Central Park, which is an older version. More Buffalo Wild Wings locations could be in the offing.
"We're always looking for opportunities," Donham said.
Mark R. Walter, president and CEO of Southern Stars Hospitality Group in Spotsylvania, is leasing the 2,700-square-foot former Foster's Grille at 10117 Southpoint Parkway for a Salsarita's, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant where customers' burritos, tacos and enchiladas are made to order.
He also owns the franchise for the ones at Harrison Crossing on State Route 3 in Spotsylvania County and in Manassas.
"We have had a demand from our customers ever since we opened the Harrison Crossing location to open additional locations in areas where our customers travel from," Walter said. "We've been looking at that area since 2007."
The Harrison Crossing restaurant, which holds a number of spirit nights and fundraisers for the community, draws people from Charlottesville and the counties of Culpeper and Orange, Spotsylvania and Stafford, he said.
The Southpoint II location will feature the Charlotte, N.C.-based chain's latest design, including a digital menu board and a larger dining room. It will seat about 100 people inside compared with 72 at Harrison Crossing. The patios at both will accommodate about 28 more.
Walter is looking at opening additional locations in Stafford, including Quantico, Garrisonville Road and along the U.S. 17 corridor.
"I think our particular fast-casual concept has done well despite the economy," he said. "The price point is reasonable and everything is fresh and healthy. It lends itself to people looking for value and building custom entrees."
Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407