ASHTABULA — Burrito Loco, a new Lake Avenue eatery that touts quick service Tex-Mex food, is celebrating its grand opening this weekend.
Located at 2421 Lake Ave., across from Ashtabula County Medical Center, the new restaurant is owned and operated by Trish and Jeff Spring of Ashtabula. The couple had a “soft opening” June 3 at the store, but will host a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. Saturday, offering free chips and salsa to attendees.
Members of the Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to help the Springs celebrate, said Greg Church, Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce executive director.
“We love Tex-Mex food and wanted to purchase a quick-service restaurant on and off for the past 25 years,” Jeff Spring said. “We looked at the national chains and were not happy with their fees and marketing requirements — we knew how to grow our own brand from prior business experience.”
Burrito Loco offers fast-casual fare such as burritos, bowls, quesadillas, tacos, tortas, nachos and salads with eight meat choices and 24 toppings. Patrons can carry-out food or eat inside the 2,500-square-foot restaurant, as they have seating for about 50 people.
As for drinks, Burrito Loco has a liquor and beer license and offers 12 import Mexican beers and a small selection of domestic bottles.
“We also offer frozen drinks and a selection of 20 different tequilas, along with other favorite spirits and specialty drinks,” Spring said. “Our coffee brand, Espresso Loco, opens Monday and will specialize in specialty coffees, espresso drinks and cold brew coffees, including the only Nitro-Brew in the county. We will round out the offering with frappes, smoothies, french press and coffee margaritas.”
Beyond the menu, the decor is designed to be colorful and modern with Top 40 music playing in the background.
“We have lived in Ashtabula our entire lives and wanted to bring something to the town we love,” Trish Spring said. “We knew the potential of the building and location near the county’s largest employer (ACMC). We followed it being for sale for quite a while and when the time was right, we purchased with the intent of opening a restaurant.”
City Council President John Roskovics said it is great to see another building being used and repurposed.
“I have been there a few times and it’s a great concept with a great product, good food,” he said. “Based on the crowds and traffic, I think this is going to be a greet success. Local owners believing in our town is so encouraging to see.”