Salsas Mexican restaurant opens in Verona’s Battle Creek neighborhood

Carlos Bernal and Osiris Reiber wanted their own place to serve the authentic Mexican dishes they grew up eating.

So the siblings searched all over Battle Creek for a suitable location for a startup restaurant. They finally found a place and made it their own by redesigning an old laundromat, filling a void of Mexican restaurants in the northern district of Verona by opening salsa at 555 E. Emmett St.

“We built the kitchen, pulled the carpet and laid tiles. It was the only building available near the area,” Bernal said. “We determined this would be a good location because it’s close to the hospital and Capital Avenue (M-66). We have something different for everyone.”

Patrons enjoy lunch at Salsas Restaurant at 555 E. Emmett St. in Battle Creek on Friday, October 28, 2022.

Salsas Mexican restaurant opened Oct. 21 in the largely residential area near Verona Elementary on the northeast corner of Battle Creek. The building is connected to a shopping complex and neighbors a Walgreens.

With an extensive menu, Salsas is open seven days a week, offering takeout, takeout, and delivery through DoorDash. In the middle of its pre-opening, the restaurant has five employees and is looking to add more.

Reiber said his family chose Salsas because the name given to the popular condiment is ubiquitous in Mexican restaurants.

Nachos served at Salsas Restaurant in Battle Creek on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

“We love spicy food, love Mexican food and love salsas and there’s a wide variety of salsas out there,” she said. “We thought everyone knew about salsas, right? Myself, I love to cook and I do spicy and mild dishes, everyone who comes says, ‘I love your salsas’. We also knew that Battle Creek needed a Mexican restaurant on this side of town. We were debating, should we do it? Why not, let’s go and do it.

Bernal and Reiber co-own the restaurant with their mother, Maria Del Rosario Romero Valenzuela, a native of Sinaloa, Mexico. The family moved from Mexico to the United States about 20 years ago and have lived in Battle Creek for 16 years.

Maria Del Rosario Romero Valenzuela.

Among the menu items of salsas that used to be staples are quesabirrias, which are corn tortillas stuffed with melted cheese and beef, topped with onion and cilantro and served with consommé (soup ). Bernal and Reiber said other signature dishes include sopes tortas, tacos, burritos and Mexican burgers. Salsas don’t serve alcohol, but the owners noted that adult drinks may be available in the future.

“We’ve worked in Mexican restaurants for many years, so we have a lot of experience in cooking and serving. We love to cook, and our mom is a wonderful cook as well,” Reiber said. “We know we can make people happy with our food. They won’t be disappointed (from) this side of town.”

Contact reporter Nick Buckley at [email protected] or 269-966-0652. Follow him on Twitter: @NickJBuckley

A plate of Tacos de birria with a side of soup is pictured at Salsas restaurant in Battle Creek on Friday, October 28, 2022.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO

MEXICAN SALSAS RESTAURANT

Where: 555 E. Emmett St.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11am-9pm

Contact: 269-223-7921; [email protected]

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