Costa Vida to locate in Englewood

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Crews continue the project of transforming the former Blockbuster Video location in the Marketplace Center into a new location for the Costa Vida Restaurant. The restaurant will be located adjacent to the Little Dry Creek Plaza area on the southeast corner of the shopping center.

“This will be the second Costa Vida location in the metro area,” said Spencer Bowen, manager. “Work on the Englewood location is progressing well and our goal is to open in late October.”

Costa Vida Restaurants began in Utah and the menu features Baja-inspired dishes.

“Some of our menu items are different than most menu items at most Mexican-style restaurants,” Bowen said. “For one thing, we make everything, including the tortilla, from scratch when a customer places an order. Also, we feature seafood as the main ingredient in many of our items such as our shrimp taco.”

He said the menu also includes traditional items like the chicken burrito, while one of the most-ordered items is the sweet pork burrito that is covered with melted cheese.

Bowen said he thinks it is important to note that, since everything is prepared when the order is placed, the staff can cater to individuals with food allergies.

Menu items will range in price from $4.99 to $8.99, and the restaurant is scheduled to be open from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Bowen said Englewood city officials have worked with him on the project.

“We looked around and decided Englewood would be a good location for our restaurant,” he said. “There is so much going on in the city and in the area around our planned location. We also are pleased with the fact the city is working to fix up the area adjacent to our building.”

Earlier this year, the Englewood City Council approved a proposal to spend about $100,000 to upgrade the plaza area.

Dave Lee, open space manager, said the spring project will involve cleaning the stone areas around the fountain and filling in the former fountains so landscaping can be installed. The project will also replace the existing handicap ramp to bring it up to ADA standards.

“We are looking forward to the city makeover of the area near our restaurant,” Bowen said. “We also are planning a small patio seating area that will overlook the plaza and lake.”