BARTLETT – The family owners of the popular local independent restaurant Margarita Grill in Glen announced on Facebook on Saturday that they have made the difficult decision to close due to a number of challenges they have faced in recent years.
The property has been put up for sale.
The Selmi Family – Charles “Bud” Selmi Jr., 66, who has suffered from dementia for several years; his wife Deb Selmi, son Ryder and daughter Aly, who is married to local engineer Josh McAllister of HEB Engineers, posted the post on July 24 on the “MargaritaGrillNH” Facebook page, saying: “It’s with the heavy hearted that we are announcing the closure of Margarita Grill due to family health issues and challenges over the past two years. “
The family thanked their customers who “made the experience of owning Margarita Grill such a great experience”, adding “Thank you for choosing us to celebrate your milestones, reunite with family and friends and allow us to be a part of your experience. vacation. “
They also thanked past and present employees. “At the back of the house and the staff of the house, you were the backbone of our business and helped us through the good times and the bad,” the post continued, concluding: “Thank you all. those who have helped our family make this a memorable chapter in our lives. Life isn’t always about tacos and margaritas, but it should be…. “
Contacted by The Sun on Monday, Aly (Selmi) McAllister and her mother Deb Selmi said it was a sad occasion for the family but a time for them and customers to salute her father’s contributions over his years of service. culinary experience in Mount Washington. Valley.
They said, “Owning and operating his own restaurant has always been a dream for him and we are so grateful that he was able to see this dream come true before his health declined. Being a part of the culinary world and making connections within our community were such important parts of his life. He loved interacting with customers and really took the time to get to know his customers. He was amazing at what he did and what he was able to accomplish, and we are so proud of him. “
“Obviously,” they added, “operating a restaurant during a pandemic was not ideal and certainly did not come without challenges; however this community is amazing. We saw people coming together to help each other through this difficult situation. The MWV restaurant community is a tight knit group and our family is very grateful for their continued support.
“We are very grateful for everyone’s support over the past six years. Our clients were more than just clients, many have become friends over the years.
Several longtime friends / customers expressed their sadness in comments under the Facebook ad:
Julie Caouette of Lexington, Mass., Wrote: “I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it was to make your decision. We wish you the best and know we loved Margarita Grill, you have never disappointed us. Be blessed.”
Tommy Naples from Bridgeport, Connecticut wrote: “We came from CT to hang out and hike and that always included a trip to the Margarita Grill !!! So sad to hear that. Good luck!”
Added Diane Eastwood of Tyngsboro, Mass., “We have been on the trip for over 2 hours for many years – too many to count. Wishing you all the best. be well, prayers. We will miss you so much.
Margarita Grill went on sale about a week ago, according to Greydon Turner of Pinkham Real Estate of North Conway, who is the listing agent.
“It’s for sale for $ 899,000, which includes just under 2 acres and the two buildings and all the equipment,” Turner said. “It’s located on Route 302, right in the Glen, in one of Bartlett’s best business locations. It is unfortunate that the Selmis, due to unforeseen life circumstances, have to sell as it was Bud Selmi’s lifelong dream to own this business and he worked hard but now I hope someone another with a dream will come to own and manage it as it has been one of the best producer restaurants in the valley for years, both under the Robers and under the Selmis. They were one of the first to embrace the farm-to-table restaurant movement and it is a constant concern. It’s a turnkey opportunity for the next buyer.
According to its website, Margarita Grill was established in 1983 by Dot and the late John Rober and his family with the goal of serving fresh, affordable, and Southwestern inspired cuisine.
Bud Selmi – former director of food operations at Story Land – worked as general manager of Margarita Grill for 16 years before purchasing the restaurant in June 2015.
Selmi was a certified chef by the American Culinary Federation and was recognized as “NH Chef of the Year” in 1999. He was also the owner of Sizzlin ‘Sauces, which has several awards for its flavorful mix of sauces.
Under the ownership of Robers and then Selmis, Margarita Grill has taken steps to create and maintain an eco-friendly restaurant while continuing to provide hearty and healthy food and service.
Selmi’s declining health, combined with the challenges of the pandemic faced by all food operations over the past year, and rising prices and difficulty finding help, were believed to be behind the decision to the family to bring the business to market. Deb Selmi had also overcome health problems in recent years.
“Bud was one of the most qualified buyers I have ever sold for a restaurant,” said David Cianciolo, senior local commercial real estate agent for Badger Realty, who sold the property to Selmis in 2015. “C It’s a shame because he has put his heart and soul into the business.
Selmi’s colleague, Certified Executive Chef Gary S. Sheldon of East Conway, praised his service to the culinary community, noting: “Bud played a major role in the White Mountain Chapter of American Culinary Federation. NH’s Taste from Chapter His dream was to own his own home and he fulfilled it. And let’s not forget the “Golden Goose Days” of yore at Story Land – it was a big part of the success of this fundraiser for the charity event. He’s a certified chef – one of only eight here in the valley; this in itself is a huge accomplishment. “
Prior to the Robers’ ownership, the restaurant there and in the same building was known as Papa Mike’s and was owned by Tony Ferruolo, who was then one of the owners of the nearby Red Parka Pub Steakhouse and Pub.
It was previously run as Gabby’s Pub when it was owned by David Walsh and Joe Santamaria, according to Tom and Tess Mulkern of the Shannon Door Pub in Jackson.
For more information on the real estate listing, visit pinkhamrealestate.com or call Turner at (603) 356-5425.