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Fajita's Fuzes Mexican, Italian Food in Bloomingdale

After La Baita closed, the Italian restaurant's menu has been combined with the Mexican eatery.

From Hola! to arrivederci, Bloomingdale's new restaurant, Fajita's, is bringing the flavors and feelings of both authentic Mexican and Italian foods together under one roof.

When Fajita's opened four months ago at 125 Hamburg Turnpike, it was originally intended to only serve Mexican food, according to General Manager Edwin Melgar. But about a month ago, the popular Butler Main Street Italian restaurant La Baita, which is under the same ownership, was forced to close after rent on the building tripled, Melgar said. Now the owners have decided to continue that business out of Fajita's as well.

La Baita had been serving Italian dishes in that location for more than 10 years.

"Instead of opening a new restaurant, we brought the chef here," Melgar said, explaining that Fajita's will now offer food from both cultures.

Melgar is hoping to spread the word that even though La Baita is no longer physically located in the area, the food of the restaurant lives on at Fajita's.

"We had a good clientele there," he said. "We don't want to lose them."

Customers are able to order off of either the Mexican or Italian menu at any time at Fajita's. Since the change in the past month, he said, customers have generally ordered Italian food half the time and Mexican food the other half of the time.

Originally, Melgar said Fajita's was opened to be able to offer a different genre of food to Bloomingdale.

"In the area, there's a lot of pizzerias," he said.

Business was quiet over the summer, but Melgar said the restaurant has seen more customers this month, with children returning to school and more famlies eating out. The restaurant has also experimented with offering special events, such as "Superbowl Sundays," where all food and drinks are half-priced on Sundays during the football season.

On the Mexican side, Fajita's offers dishes such as enchiladas, chimichangas and tacos. For Italian food, pasta dishes and traditional favorites are served. Dishes range in price from $12.95 to about $19.95.

The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

For now, Melgar said the restaurant is not planning to change its name to also reflect the Italian menu.

Richard Dean September 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Speaking of the now empty restaurant where La Baita Cucina was for quite awhile succeeding other restaurants under other names and other owners, I wonder how many know that in the fall of 1998 it was used for scenes in what became one of the most popular dramatic shows ever produced for cable television? I was working the Butler PD one Sunday night / Monday morning in October of that year, about six months after we had moved from the Light Plant to the old Borough Hall building. A rep of the producer had called during the previous Friday to ask about parking vehicles on the street with permission granted if it did not snow etc. That Sunday night about 11:30 pm a convoy of film production trucks arrived with bright lights set up outside that restaurant. Our two cops on duty checked it out, came back with coffee and some food courtesy of their caterer to tell me that they had talked with this big guy who said that it was for a new HBO show about a New Jersey crime family. During the spring of 1999, one of those cops, the late Sgt Andy Soules, remarked after watching The Soprano's, about Tony being such a guttermouth on tv but that night in Butler he acted like he a college degree. During the first season, no credits were given to the locations used for on scene shoots.
peanut622 September 22, 2012 at 02:35 PM
so basically it's like out back merging with the hot dog vending of hess on 23 what a shame
Carolyn September 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM
We tried Fajitas in the first week it opened. It wasn't well organized, which is normal for a first week, but they did have an amazing guacamole at that time. It's worth a try--diagonally across the street from Quick Check.
Lorraine Bravante September 23, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I am so sorry to hear that LaBiata is no longer a local eatery..My husband and I enjoyed many delightful and delicious meals there over the years. We shared family celebrations with Edwin and his fabulous cuisine. What a sad day for us and Butler! Lorraine
Linda November 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
We had many wonderful dinners at La Baita, and just heard that they closed over the weekend. Thanks for this updated story, now we'll have to check out Fajitas!!! (and knowing that Edwin is still around and running the show, it should be a great experience!!! Best of luck to Fajitas....we'll see you soon!!!!

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