A series of restaurant moves in Portage County has ended with Mi Rancho Bar and Grill moving from Rootstown to Brimfield.
The 13-year-old Mexican restaurant, owned by Federico Noveron, opened Wednesday in the Brimfield Plaza, just off Route 18 east of Route 43.
When he learned the owners wanted to sell the Rootstown building at the corner of South Prospect Street and Sandy Lake Road that he’d been in for years, Noveron said he was preparing to take his restaurant to Indiana where his family lives.
"A lot of customers called me and sent me text messages on Facebook," said Noveron. "They were upset because of my plans to leave."
He said he had gone so far as to move his kitchen equipment to Indiana, but he said he’s happy to remain in Portage County and keep working with the same eight to 10 employees who helped run Mi Rancho in Rootstown.
"I’m happy to come back," he said.
Mi Rancho’s move to Brimfield opened the Rootstown location at 4914 S. Prospect Street in Rootstown to Double R Bar-B-Que and Creamery, which used to be located in Aurora, according to Mike Casamento, owner of the Brimfield Plaza.
According to Double R Bar-B-Que and Creamery’s Facebook page, the new restaurant is planning a soft opening from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday with the first regular day being scheduled for Sunday.
"We're super happy to say that we're opening very soon," states the restaurant’s Facebook page. "This Friday, anyone following this page is welcome to come to a soft opening event we're having from 4-8 p.m., where a portion of the proceeds will be going to Rose's Rescue in Rootstown."
Casamento said the Bar-B-Que restaurant moved from a location in Aurora.
He also said Thai Monies, which used to be located in Mi Rancho’s new location in Brimfield Plaza, will be moving to a unit two doors down, which he said would be a more manageable size for the restaurant, which is still relatively new, having opened in February 2018.
Noveron, who’s been working in restaurants for about 30 years, said he has come up with his own twist on a variety of Mexican dishes, including fajitas, quesadillas, salads and more.
"I’ve created my own menus and tried to be a little bit different," he said, adding he puts his cooks through extensive training so they can replicate his recipes.
The restaurant, the servers, the menu and the recipes will also be familiar to patrons of Mi Rancho during its time in Rootstown, he added.
"Everything’s the same," he said. "The servers today were at the other location."
Noveron said he’s hoping to set a date for a grand opening celebration sometime in January.
Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Noverone said he hopes to add an hour each evening during the summer months.
Reporter Bob Gaetjens can be reached at 330-541-9440, firstname.lastname@example.org or @bobgaetjens_rpc.