MERIDEN — Magaly Galicia was selling empanadillas at work one day when her coworkers told her she was not supposed to. Galicia responded by saying, one day, when she has a restaurant of her own, she is going to name it Bite Me. It was a surprise to her when six years later she purchased a restaurant and found the name fitting.
Galicia and her partner Elvin Torres purchased what was previously Delicioso Bakery and Deli on 234 Pratt St. The couple designed and remodeled the business into what is now Bite Me Restaurant. The restaurant features red and blue painted walls and chairs giving it a tropical look to match the menu.
Torres and Galicia said they had envisioned having their own restaurant for many years but did not think it would happen.
Originally from Aguada and Utuado, Puerto Rico, Torres and Galicia want to bring a taste of the island to Meriden with unique cultural dishes they say have yet to be seen in local restaurants.
“I chose Spanish food because that is from my country, and we want to maintain that. Oftentimes, many people lose that when they come here,” Galicia said.
Aside form offering empanadillas, pollo guisado, bacalao guisado, sorullos de maiz, they will sell dishes harder to find like arroz griego and arroz con cilantro.
Torres owns Caribbean Painting Company LLC in Meriden where he has worked the past 11 years doing remodeling, roofing and ceiling. Galicia worked in freight logistics for six years where she would sometimes sell food.
“For me, this is a blessing from God. There is a testimony, and it's not just serving food. We go to church and serve God and we want to give a different message to the community by helping them, this is the purpose of my business,” he said. “My wife and children encouraged me and now here we are.”
While they plan to hire others, the business will be family-owned and managed with the help of their two children. They hope to give it an ambiance of family and bring the Latino community together through food.
“I am in shock, I cannot believe it, but nothing is impossible. It’s another milestone. Where there’s a will, there's a way,” Galicia said.
They plan to serve dishes for breakfast and lunch between 6 a.m. and noon, 7 days a week.
The family also plans to offer delivery service. Orders can be placed online, or by phone at 203-440-4747.
Bite Me Restaurant is expected to open later this month.