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

DeKALB – Rosita’s Mexican, a family-owned restaurant in downtown DeKalb, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend, hosting a pair of festive events for customers to enjoy.

Special events to revive this important event are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, and will include courtyard salsa dance lessons and live music by the local band, Home by 12, and Mariachi Band. A festive toast and anniversary cake cutting is expected to kick off all the festivities planned for the weekend.

Knowing that the family business is 50 years old this year means a lot to her, said Rosita Paley, owner of Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant.

“There’s a lot of emotion,” Bali said. “He’s always been a part of our lives. We grew up with her. He’s kind of like a brother. He’s always there.”

Rosita’s parents, Luis and Beatriz Pale, started Rosita Restaurant in 1972. The establishment has grown over the years from one building to three by 1992. Expansions have allowed the restaurant to serve more customers at a given time.

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

Bali said her parents, who are both dead, would be happy to know the business has been around for a long time.

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

Bali said the restaurant gives her so many beautiful memories to reflect on.

But things weren’t always so rosy for Rosetta and her future outlook.

“To be honest with you, it was very scary not knowing if you were going to be around six months old or not because we had no experience with the pandemic and life seemed to hold steady when it first came out in 2020,” Bali said. . “When you have a job, you have people working for you, and you also make a living from this, and no one comes to the door anymore, it’s very emotionally scary. But luckily we survived that.”

Bali said she is able to look positively into the restaurant’s future, despite concerns about inflation.

“We are better than we were last year, we are better than we were the year before,” she said. Part of that is because our society is very loyal to us. For me, there is something to say about it.”

Bali said Rosita’s prides itself on providing its patrons with a unique experience.

“Our food is good,” Bali said. “Everything we make, we make in-house. Nothing is pre-made.”

Balli added that Rosita’s is huge at building and maintaining relationships with her patrons.

“There is someone you will know about our family or our administration when you walk in the door,” Bali said.

Rosita’s usually offers lunch and dinner options, as well as groups and dining. Patrons can eat inside or outside on the patio.

Bali said she hopes people will come out to celebrate with Rosetta.

A portion of the restaurant’s sales from the annual weekend will go towards supporting the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

if you go:

Festive toast and anniversary cake cutting

When: 3pm on Saturday 16th July

Live Music in the Courtyard by Home by 12

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

Salsa lessons in the yard

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday 17

mariachi live band

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

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