Mexican restaurant Rosita’s, a staple of downtown DeKalb, turns 50 this weekend – Shaw Local

DeKALB – Rosita’s Mexican restauranta family staple in downtown DeKalb, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend with two festive events for guests to enjoy.

Special events commemorating this milestone are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday and will include salsa dancing lessons on the patio and live music by local band, Home by 12, and a Mariachi Band. A ceremonial toast and the cutting of the birthday cake should kick off all the festivities planned for the weekend.

Rosa Balli, owner of Mexican restaurant Rosita, said knowing that the family business turns 50 this year means a lot to her.

“There’s a lot of emotion,” Balli said. “It has always been part of our lives. We grew up with it. It’s a bit like a brother. He is always there.

Rosa’s parents, Luis and Beatriz Balli, opened Rosita’s in 1972. The establishment grew over the years from one building to three in 1992. The expansions allowed the restaurant to serve more customers at any given time.

“My mom was a really good cook,” Balli said. “It grew from there little by little.”

Balli said her parents, who are both deceased, would be happy to know the business has been around for so long.

“People coming in and their kids coming in,” Balli said. “Now their children’s children are coming. … By getting to know your customers when you see them once a week or once every two weeks, you begin to bond with that person. It’s not just about the restaurant, it’s about getting to know them and their lives.

Balli said the restaurant gave her a lot of fond memories to reflect on.

But things haven’t always looked rosy for Rosita and her prospects.

“To be honest with you, it was very scary not knowing if you were going to be about six months old or not, because we had no experience of a pandemic and life seemed to have stood still when it appeared for the first time in 2020,” Balli said. . “When you have a business, you have people working for you, and you also make a living out of it, and there’s no one coming to the door anymore, it’s very scary emotionally. But luckily, we survived it.

Balli said she was able to look positively at the restaurant’s future, despite worries about inflation.

“We’re better than we were last year, we’re better than we were the year before,” she said. “It’s partly because our community is extremely loyal to us. For me, there is something to be said for that.

Balli said Rosita prides itself on providing its customers with a unique experience.

“Our food is good,” Balli said. “Everything we make, we make in-house. There is nothing prefabricated. »

Balli added that Rosita is huge at building and maintaining relationships with her clients.

“There’s someone there that you’ll know from our family or our management when you walk through the door,” Balli said.

Rosita’s typically offers lunch and dinner options, as well as group and catering options. Guests can eat inside or outside on the patio.

Balli said she hoped people would come celebrate with Rosita.

A portion of the restaurant’s sales on its anniversary weekend will be used to support the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

If you are going to:

Ceremonial toast and cutting of the birthday cake

When: 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16

Live music on the terrace by Home by 12

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 16

Salsa lessons on the terrace

When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday 17

Live Mariachi Band

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 17

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