Photo courtesy Salsa a la Salsa's Facebook page

Photo courtesy Salsa a la Salsa's Facebook page

Salsa a la Salsa closes after 15 years on Nicollet

Updated: August 27, 2018 - 9:15 am

Eat Street mainstay Salsa a la Salsa closed Sunday, Aug. 26.

The Loring Park restaurant and margarita bar has been expected to close ever since a development proposal has hung over the block, with other restaurants like Market Bar-B-Que already shutting their doors.

Owner Lorenzo Ariza said the Midtown Global Market location will remain open.

“I would like to express my gratitude for the community, media, our employees past and present, and every customer for their support in helping us grow over the past 15 years”, he said in a statement. “Change is always a good thing, and there is always an opportunity.”

The Nicollet Avenue Salsa a la Salsa was known for its authentic central Mexican cuisine, with many recipes being passed down through Ariza’s family for generations. There were also modern variations on traditional Mexican ingredients, like a vegan chorizo and cactus sorbet.

Much of the 1400 block of Nicollet Avenue is being demolished and turned into a new six-story apartment building, which will have several commercial spaces fronting the thoroughfare. In addition to affecting Salsa a la Salsa and Market Bar-B-Que, the project led to the closing of Ryan’s Pub and Asian Taste.

Another residential development is under construction a block south. That project displaced buildings home to Jerusalem’s Restaurant and a corner grocer, among other low-rise buildings.