Natick’s Wegmans Will Have Burger Bar and Mexican Restaurant

NATICK – The newest Wegmans store in Massachusetts will feature a Mexican restaurant and a burger bar.

The supermarket chain announced its newest location at the Natick Mall will open on Sunday, April 29.

The 146,500-square store will occupy two floors in the Mall, and will feature two restaurants: Blue Dalia Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar and The Burger Bar.

Led by Chef Roberto Santibañez as Culinary Director and Geno Bahena as Chef de Cuisine, the restaurant is scheduled to open on Friday, May 4.

Blue Dalia is a full-service restaurant and tequila bar, featuring  authentic, contemporary Mexican food and craft cocktails prepared with market-fresh ingredients.

The Blue Dalia name is a nod to both Mexico’s national flower and Wegmans’ commitment to unparalleled ingredients, bold flavors and exceptional service, according to a media release.

“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,” Santibañez said, in a media statement. “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, it’s really a unique and exciting place to offer this restaurant.”

Hand-picked by Chef Santibañez, Chef de Cuisine 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 Mexico’s 32 regions presented in a contemporary way.  Every dish tells a story,” Bahena said. “We’re building a great team to execute that vision and offer guests an authentic and energetic dining experience.”

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 Burger Bar will be a fast-casual restaurant serving burgers, fresh salads, sandwiches, milkshakes, and soups.

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.

Wegmans plans to hire 225 full-time and 325 part-time employees.

The company is offering “on-the-spot interviews” Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. at the company’s Framingham employment office.

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Photo courtesy of Wegmans

 

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