Baja Fresh to close Columbus Locations
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June 24, 2009 7:22 pm at 7:22 pm #76882
Just came back from Baja Fresh on Bethel and as I was leaving the employees thanked us for our business and told us they were notified this morning that their store would be closing tomorrow. They also said the location on Sawmill would be closed tomorrow or Friday as well.June 24, 2009 7:25 pm at 7:25 pm #282282
I heard the one on Lane Ave closed a couple weeks ago.June 24, 2009 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm #282283
albug_cbus wrote >>
I heard the one on Lane Ave closed a couple weeks ago.
That one had me very upset. We had pulled up on Rockmastermike’s Vespa for dinner and realized the shop was empty. ACK!June 24, 2009 7:53 pm at 7:53 pm #282284
Yay more room for real food!June 24, 2009 8:00 pm at 8:00 pm #282285
Hmm, I thought the ingredients were fairly fresh and tasty.June 24, 2009 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm #282286
This is bad news. I happened to enjoy the food at Baja Fresh (especially the baja-style tacos). While not really in the same league as what you get at one of the local taco trucks, I do believe that there is a place for good fast food, and Baja Fresh was just such a place.
Whether or not you personally like Baja Fresh, I don’t think it’s right to be happy that the restaurants are closing. We’re talking about people’s jobs and livelihoods here, not to mention significant investments of time and capital. And their food is certainly “real” food. The ingredients were always fresh, the service always friendly, and the food always tasty. I will miss this place.June 24, 2009 8:43 pm at 8:43 pm #282287
I liked them better before they split from Wendy’s. At least I think…whenever that change over happened.June 24, 2009 8:59 pm at 8:59 pm #282288
I used to like them too and I remember when they first opened the Bethel Road store, the lines were out the door. However, I recently discovered that many foods at “Fresh Mex” places (not just Baja Fresh) are loaded with sodium, particularly burritos, so I don’t go as often, or I only get tacos. In many items, you get over a day’s recommended allowance of sodium (2000mg). Read it and weep.June 24, 2009 9:43 pm at 9:43 pm #282289
I agree with Miami Joe that it is upsetting for anyone who lost a job over this, but I’m really not going to shed any tears over the actual food evaporating from the Columbus market. There are plenty of better local places to get a burrito.
Our city will culturally be better off without em.June 24, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm #282290
When Baja Fresh first came to tow, they were a notch above Chipotle, with very fresh ingredients, that salsa bar, and cool side items (e.g. roasted green onions). Since that time, Chipotle has become more than just a steam-table burrito joint by using better ingredients (Niman Ranch pork, yadda yadda), while Baja has declined. They dumbed down the menu, and every time I went to the one on Bethel, it seemed there were flies swarming the salsa, and the soda pop station.
Last time I was in Chicago, I ate at a lunch counter and was chatting up the manager. It turned out he used to be a regional manager for Baja, and his territory included Columbus. I mentioned how much I USED to like Baja, and he laughed, had heard that lotsa times. He said things went downhill when Wendy’s took over, and they were forced to start using different suppliers.June 25, 2009 12:56 am at 12:56 am #282291
kinda glad. hopefully something cool will open on lane ave. maybe something where middle age women wont sit and stare at me loading my groceries into my bike.June 25, 2009 1:08 am at 1:08 am #282292
Miami Joe wrote >>
Whether or not you personally like Baja Fresh, I don’t think it’s right to be happy that the restaurants are closing. We’re talking about people’s jobs and livelihoods here, not to mention significant investments of time and capital.
I think we are all hoping that a higher caliber of food will be replaced, using fresher (local) ingrediants, more skilled preporation and better for the customer. Rather than lamenting the loss of something bad lets be happy about the opportunity. It’s not like the customers are going to drive to Cleveland. There is no net revenue or job loss.
Sorry to be harsh, but I’m on a high from a really great taco truck run that makes Baja Fresh look like a fish taco that was left in the back of a station wagon on a sunny day.August 13, 2009 2:41 am at 2:41 am #282293
Sounds like Qdoba is stepping up their game with 12 new stores for the region:August 13, 2009 2:51 am at 2:51 am #282294
I enjoy Qdoba, glad to hear they are expanding. FYI they have great deals on Saturday, a entree and a drink for $5 vs $8-9.August 13, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am #282295
Oh come on (to those who are not fans of baja fresh)! It might not be the best and it has declined since Wendy’s bought them, but there’s not one “fast casual” place where you can get food even approaching the authenticity of Baja. Not to say Baja’s is authentic, but at least they have fish tacos and CORN tortillas. Chiptole, Qdoba, nope… they might be tasty, but mexican they are not. Not even close.
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