I learned some new details about a Mexican restaurant planned for Salem. For those of you pinning for an eatery that mirrors certain national Mexican chains, such as Chipotle or Qdoba Mexican Grill, this new Baja Bistro Fresh Mex Grille could match your desires.
Tentatively scheduled to open in mid-January, the Mexican restaurant is planned for a retail center on West Main Street in Salem, in the former location of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, said Greg Caldwell, an owner of CBFG Inc. in Roanoke County. CBFG, which stands for Caldwell Brand & Food Group, is the parent company for Baja Bistro.
Baja Bistro franchisees already operate these restaurants in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois and Woodbridge, Va. CBFG will own the Salem location with a partner.
At Baja Bistro eateries, you’ll find a menu of quick-service Mexican fare, including quesadillas, tacos, salads and burritos. The 2,200 square foot Salem location will be outfitted with televisions and free wireless access, Caldwell said.
He told me that his company also is planning to open a Baja Bistro at the First & Main retail center in Blacksburg. And as he has mentioned in previous interviews, Caldwell still is discussing with developers the possibility of landing a Baja Bistro at Keagy Village, a retail center in Southwest Roanoke County.
Here is Baja Bistro’s Web site for more details. Under the locations tab, you’ll also see that there is a Baja Bistro in the works for a development called the Village at Hollins Ridge. This retail development is planned for an area of North Roanoke County, near Hollins University.