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Margarita Grill cafe closes, on sector for sale | Neighborhood Enterprise News

BARTLETT — The family members entrepreneurs of the well-known unbiased local mainstay cafe Margarita Grill in Glen introduced on Facebook on Saturday that they have created the challenging final decision to shut owing to a quantity of difficulties they have confronted in the latest many years.

The residence has been put up for sale.

The Selmi household — Charles “Bud” Selmi Jr., 66, who has been suffering from dementia for the earlier number of many years spouse Deb Selmi, son Ryder and daughter Aly, who is married to local engineer Josh McAllister of HEB Engineers — on July 24 posted the message on the “MargaritaGrillNH” Facebook Webpage, stating, “It is with weighty hearts that we announce the closing of Margarita Grill because of to loved ones well being problems and troubles over the earlier pair a long time.”

The family members thanked their shoppers who “manufactured the encounter of proudly owning Margarita Grill a fantastic 1,” introducing “Thank you for deciding on us to rejoice your milestones with, to capture up with family members and buddies, and to permit us to be a aspect of your trip encounter.”

They also thanked past and existing workforce. “To our back of the dwelling and entrance of the house employees, you have been the backbone of our enterprise and you served us by way of the fantastic moments and the negative,” the concept ongoing, concluding, “Thank you to every person that aided our loved ones make this a memorable chapter in our life. Lifestyle is not often tacos and margaritas, but it should really be ….”

Contacted by the Sunshine on Monday, Aly (Selmi) McAllister and her mother Deb Selmi explained it is a unhappy event for the relatives but a time for them and patrons to salute the contributions of her father in his a long time of culinary services in he Mount Washington Valley.

They mentioned: “Owning and running his individual restaurant was usually a desire for him and we are so thankful that he was equipped to see that dream turn into a fact prior to his declining health. Getting a aspect of the culinary entire world and making connections in our local community had been this sort of crucial elements of his life. He cherished to interact with patrons and really took time to get to know his shoppers. He was awesome at what he did and what he was able to carry out, and we are so very pleased of him.”

“Obviously,” they added, “operating a restaurant in the course of a pandemic was not excellent and definitely did not come with no its challenges on the other hand this neighborhood is unbelievable.  We ended up ready to witness men and women arrive with each other to assistance a single another to get as a result of this tricky predicament. The MWV cafe neighborhood is a limited-knit group and our spouse and children is so thankful for their ongoing assistance.  

“We are so appreciative of everyone’s help over the very last six decades. Our clients have been additional than just consumers, many turned close friends around the decades.”

Quite a few close friends/longtime patrons expressed their unhappiness in reviews less than the Fb announcement:

Julie Caouette of Lexington, Mass., posted,  “Can’t even start to envision how tricky it was to make your choice. We wish you the greatest and know that we liked Margarita Grill, you have under no circumstances dissatisfied us. Bless you.”

Tommy Naples of Bridgeport, Conn., wrote, “We would come up from CT to commit time and hike and it always bundled a journey to Margarita Grill!!! So pretty sad to listen to this. Very best of luck!”

Additional Diane Eastwood of Tyngsboro, Mass., “We have been making the journey 2+ hrs for a lot of several years — too numerous to rely. Wishing you all the finest. be effectively, prayers. You will be so skipped.”

Margarita Grill was set on the market place for sale about a 7 days back, according to Greydon Turner of Pinkham Actual Estate of North Conway, who is the listing agent.

“It is for sale for $899,000, which consists of just shy of 2 acres and the two structures and all the equipment,” claimed Turner. “It is found on Route 302, suitable in Glen in 1 of the best business enterprise spots in Bartlett. It is unlucky that the Selmis due to unforseen daily life conditions have to promote as it was Bud Selmi’s existence dream to personal that small business and he worked hard but now with any luck , another person else with a desire will appear in to individual and operate it as it has been one particular of the most effective making dining establishments in the valley for decades, both of those beneath the Robers and the Selmis. They had been 1 of the very first to embrace the farm-to-table restaurant motion and it is incredibly substantially a likely concern. It is a convert-critical option for the following buyer.”

According to its internet site, Margarita Grill was set up in 1983 by Dot and the late John Rober and family members with the intention of serving refreshing, inexpensive, southwestern inspired delicacies.

Bud Selmi — previous food stuff functions supervisor at Tale Land — labored as Margarita Grill’s normal manager for 16 a long time prior to buying the restaurant in June 2015.

Selmi was an operator-certified chef by means of the American Culinary Federation and was acknowledged as “NH Chef of the Year” in 1999. he also was owner of Sizzlin’ Sauces, which have many awards for its blend of tasty sauces.

Less than the Robers’ and then Selmis’ownership, Margarita Grill took measures toward making and retaining an environmentally sustainable cafe although continuing to offer hearty, balanced food and services.

Selmi’s declining health, merged with the problems of the pandemic confronted by all food stuff operations previous calendar year, and climbing prices and issues in discovering assistance, ended up speculated to be behind the family’s final decision to put the enterprise on the marketplace. Deb Selmi experienced also get over overall health worries in the latest several years.

“Bud was one particular of the most certified potential buyers I have at any time sold to for a restaurant,” mentioned veteran nearby business Real estate agent David Cianciolo of Badger Realty, who bought the establishment to the Selmis in 2015. “It is a shame as he place his coronary heart and soul into the business enterprise.”

Selmi’s colleague, licensed executive chef Gary S. Sheldon of East Conway, praised his provider to the culinary community, noting, “Bud has been a key element of the American Culinary Federation White Mountain Chapter his Sizzlin’ Sauces had been normally a major strike at the chapter’s Taste of N.H. His desire was to personal his personal location and he accomplished that. And let’s not overlook the ‘Golden Goose Days’ of outdated at Story Land — he was a large portion of that of the good results of that fundraiser for charities occasion. He is a licensed chef — 1 of only eight in this article in the valley that in itself is a big accomplishment.”

Prior to the Robers’ ownership, the restaurant at that place and housed in the very same setting up was regarded as Papa Mike’s and was owned by Tony Ferruolo, who was then one particular of the proprietors of the close by Red Parka Pub Steakhouse and Pub.

It was operate before that as Gabby’s Pub when it was owned by David Walsh and Joe Santamaria, in accordance to Tom and Tess Mulkern of the Shannon Door Pub of Jackson.

For extra information and facts about the actual estate listing, go to or call Turner at (603) 356-5425.