The co-owner of Elsa’s Mexican Restaurant has a message for prospective customers of his new cantina-style restaurant in the Sugarcreek Plaza off Wilmington Pike slated to open on July 5.
“This doesn’t look like your parents’ Elsa’s,” Jason Hemmert said. “And we didn’t want it to be your parents’ Elsa’s.”
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Hemmert has nothing against tradition, but the newest Elsa’s, which will be called Elsa’s Corner Cantina, ups the game a bit for the locally based Mexican chain.
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A sneak preview of the patio at the new Elsa's Corner Cantina in Sugarcreek Plaza on Wilmington Pike. MARK FISHER/STAFF
The space at 6204 Wilmington Pike in the Sugarcreek Plaza previously housed Caramella’s Italian Kitchen, and, before that, Murphy’s Irish Pub and Barleycorn’s. But it has been renovated extensively.
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The new restaurant will seat 135 inside and another 50 or so on a breezy patio. There are 30 large-screen televisions inside, and another five on the patio, Hemmert said. And perhaps most important: The original Elsa’s “Bad Juan” margarita will be available on tap.
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The kitchen will start off with a fairly straightforward Elsa’s menu, but down the road, will produce specials that, if they prove successful, will find their way onto Elsa’s menus elsewhere, Hemmert said.
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A sneak peek inside the new Elsa's Corner Cantina in Sugarcreek Plaza on Wilmington Pike. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Photo: Mark Fisher
Elsa’s operates four restaurants and sports bars in and around Dayton: the original location on Linden Avenue in Dayton, on Wilmington Avenue in Dayton, on Far Hills Avenue in Centerville, and on East Stroop Road in Kettering.
The restaurant will employ as many as 50, and is still hiring back-of-the-house help, Hemmert said.