MERIDEN — The family that recently opened the Bite Me restaurant on Pratt Street is happy with initial reception from the community.
Co-owner Magaly Galicia was excited to finally open her first business on July 16 and plans to experiment with the menu.
“People have been very pleased with the food so far, we have already had a few regulars,” she said. “It is satisfying for me when people are able to enjoy the food, I feel good...I am looking forward to growing...”
The restaurant at 234 Pratt St. features rice with cilantro as well as crab empanadillas.
“We decided to add mangu in the mornings as well, we also have tripletas and revoltillos,” she said.
During the grand opening, employees wore matching shirts. Guests ordered off a chalk board of menu items on the wall.
Co-owner Elvin Torres is happy to be working with Galicia and other family members.
“So far, the people that come are impressed...They love the way it is remodeled and they like the food,” he said.
Miguel Castro, who stopped by to grab a bite of food, was impressed with the interior design.
“The style is great and I hope the best for this business,” he said.
Galacia said the work has been challenging and hectic.
“Like many businesses when you start, you cannot hire right away, but I am very family oriented,” she said.
Karina Torres, Galacia and Torres’ daughter, will work full time at the restaurant until she starts at Eastern Connecticut State University, where she studies health and physical education.
“... I took culinary and worked at Ted’s previously, so I am familiar with they way things go,” Karina Torres said. “We get a lot of people that come during lunch time, but also do take out.”
Leonardo Torres, Galacia and Torres’ son, is also working full time at the restaurant. He said the new business is good for the family.
“We are able to interact with people daily. We’re in a position where we can help others," he said.
For more information call Bite Me restaurant at (203) 440-4747 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bitect. Restaurant hours are Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.