BELPRE - A new Mexican-themed eatery is expected to open in Belpre before the end of August.
Bohio Mexican Grill will be located at 2500 Washington Blvd., at the intersection with Farson Street in Belpre. The opening date has not yet been firmed up, but the owners hope to be open within the next month.
Wayne Berry and Scott Carpenter will be the co-owners of the new eatery, with Corrissa Williams serving as district manager.
"It's going to be called Bohio Mexican Grill, which means 'shack,'" Berry said.
Berry said Bohio will be an independent restaurant based on a Mexican food concept, with offerings like burritos, tacos, quesidillas and other items. The products will be made-to-order from fresh ingredients, including steak, chicken, pork and ground beef.
There will be vegetarian options and healthy-eating choices, along with plans to offer a small breakfast menu, primarily breakfast burritos and coffee, among other offerings.
Bohio Mexican Grill will be open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week. A Facebook page has been set up for the restaurant at "Bohio Mexican Grill."
Williams said the three principals all have experience in the franchise area of food service. Berry and Carpenter are involved in several other local franchise locations and will remain involved in those even as they try their new venture.
"We wanted to do something different, something that we don't really have in the area," Williams said. "We decided to go out on our own, since we have the experience to do so. We just started working on it one day and the opportunity came about to buy the building so we immediately took the opportunity," she said.
Bohio Mexican Grill plans to offer drive-thru service and catering services. Depending on the response and how things go, the owners may begin offering delivery services to nearby businesses and factories in the future.
"We're very excited," Berry said of the new business and its challenges. "We're not a bit afraid to do it. We've been in food service for six years and there's so many different challenges."
As an independent restaurant, Berry said Bohio doesn't have the safety net and built-in contacts many franchises have, but they are enjoying the challenge and the freedom it offers.
The challenges include finding suppliers for a variety of needs, from services to equipment to ingredients, while the freedom allows them to do what they want and offer what they want, subject to customer interests.
The new business has has been well received by the community and local officials, Berry said.
"That's the part that's given us the confidence level that we have," he said. "We have people coming in, wanting to know what's going on. They're so excited."
Berry said they are pleased about the location at the western end of Belpre, which has experienced significant growth in the last several years since the completion of the Blennerhassett Island Bridge and Corridor D. The expansion of the Memorial Health System and other companies in the area make it an attractive location for a business, he said.
"That's kind of what we're hoping for," Berry said of the area's growth potential.
If everything goes as planned, they would like to open additional locations around the area, he said.