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Fresh fish tacos coming to Edwards

Caramie Schnell
cschnell@vaildaily.com
Edwards CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado – Edwards will have a new fast-casual food option come mid-July. Suza Baja Grill will specialize in fish tacos, said Brian White, the financial analyst for the Atira Group as well as vice president of the newly-formed Atira Restaurant Group. If all goes well, the company will open the restaurant in the old Moe’s Southwest Grill location at the Corner at Edwards July 15.

When Moe’s went dark a few months ago, White and his co-workers were bummed they had to cross the fast-casual Mexican eatery off their lunch list.

“We used to eat there all the time,” White said.

White and some of the other employees at Atira, a land development company in Edwards, had been “talking loosely” about starting a restaurant division of the company. With Moe’s closed, the Atira Group decided to take the plunge and soon after bought the restaurant equipment and renegotiated the lease.

“Moe’s was an appealing concept from a price point, and it was kind of healthy and quick,” White said. “There’s nothing else like that in this area. We started looking at Mexican food concepts and landed on fish tacos.”

Like Moe’s, customers will order at a counter, but runners will deliver the food to the table using a number system.

While Moe’s had plenty of customers at lunch, the restaurant struggled at dinner, White said. To help remedy that, the new owners added a bar and will serve margaritas and beer.

A focus on fresh

In addition to the lunch items, the restaurant will offer a couple of signature appetizers and entrees at dinner. Jenna Johansen, the chef and co-owner of Dish restaurant, located in the same building, has been helping develop some of the specialty items on the menu.

“She has unbelievable taste buds,” White said. “It’s great to be working with her.”

When it comes to the restaurant’s menu, the focus is fresh ingredients, Johansen said.

“Everything is going to be higher end and the key word we keep using is fresh,” she said. “All the salsas will be made in house. We’re using fresh chilies.”

The fish used for the tacos will be mahi mahi, either fried or broiled.

“It’s just what the valley needs,” she said. “If you’re hung over and want something fried, you can get it. If you’re on a diet and want something healthy, you can get it.”

Eric Priebe will serve as the restaurant’s general manager. Priebe has worked as a sous chef at Terra Bistro, Bighorn Bistro and Saddle Ridge since he moved to the area in 1993.

The inside of the restaurant will look substantially different than Moe’s did.

“We’re doing white oak and steel and this great lime green color to make it feel really different than Moe’s,” White said. “It will have a much cleaner, contemporary look.”

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.


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