NATICK, MA, Jan 16, 2018 – Wegmans Food Markets 146,500 sq. ft. multi-level store in the Natick Mall will include a new full-service restaurant concept – Blue Dalia, a vibrant Mexican restaurant and tequila bar led by Chef Roberto Santibaez as Culinary Director, and Geno Bahena as Chef de Cuisine. Located on the second floor of Wegmans at Natick Mall, the restaurant will offer authentic, contemporary Mexican food and craft cocktails prepared with market-fresh ingredients. The Blue Dalia name is a nod to both Mexicos national flower and Wegmans commitment to unparalleled ingredients, bold flavors and exceptional service.
The new store will open on Sunday, April 29, 2018, with the restaurant opening soon after on Friday, May 4.
The inspiration for the menu at Blue Dalia is my hometown of Mexico City and especially the energy of the markets that are so important to Mexican culture, Santibaez said. Guests will see centuries-old tortilla-making on display alongside crushed-to-order salsas, contemporary craft cocktails and of course, an extensive tequila and mezcal selection. Being inside the market, we have immediate access to the best seasonal produce and ingredients. As a chef, its really a unique and exciting place to offer this restaurant.
Hand-picked by Chef Santibaez, Chef de Cuisine Geno Bahena will lead the day-to-day operations in the kitchen at Blue Dalia.
Chef Roberto has created a menu that pays homage to traditional family recipes from Mexicos 32 regions presented in a contemporary way. Every dish tells a story, Bahena said. Were building a great team to execute that vision and offer guests an authentic and energetic dining experience.
Wegmans Natick will also include The Burger Bar, a family-friendly, casual restaurant counter that serves delicious burgers and sandwiches, fresh salads with an array of protein options, soups, sides and kids meals. This store will be Wegmans sixth location in New England since opening in Northborough in 2011, and the second to include a Burger Bar.
The family-owned company has employment opportunities available throughout the restaurants and store, including cooks, restaurant servers, and positions in prepared foods, sushi, pizza, bakery, produce, deli, cheese shop, day and overnight grocery, and cashiers.
In total, Wegmans will employ 325 part-time and 225 full-time employees at the Natick store, with the vast majority hired in Massachusetts. Job applicants may apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 508-960-0104 for more information.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 95-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.