Salem’s pioneering Mexican restaurant Los Baez closes after nearly 50 years

After 49 years in operation, Los Baez, one of Salem’s first Mexican restaurants, quietly closed in mid-March.

A sign on the door simply reads, “Los Baez Restaurant has closed for the last time. Thank you for your continued patronage and friendships – Baez Family.”

The Baez family are originally from Michoacan, Mexico and came to California in 1965. They visited Salem in 1966 and it was all history from there.

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The restaurant opened on October 4, 1973 by Angel, Alberto and Raul Baez, when at the time there were only two Mexican restaurants in the area, one of which was in Keizer.

According to the archives of the Statesman Journal archives, a November 21, 1996 clip read that the Baez brothers had two other Los Baez locations in Salem, with a third having opened in West Salem at the Westgate Mall. Further records and details of the closures could not be found.

The Baez family put the restaurant up for sale in May 2015 with Coldwell Banker Commercial Mountain West Real Estate, but the Baez family continued to keep the restaurant open pending a new owner. The Baez family could not be reached for comment.

Alex Rhoten, owner and principal broker of Coldwell Banker Commercial Mountain West Real Estate, confirmed the property has been sold and will be converted into an urgent care clinic.

“I think it’s a great transition for the space that will be helpful to the community,” Rhoten said.

No further details on the future of the urgent care facility are available at this time.

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