PORTSMOUTH — On Monday, Hot Head Burritos officially opened in downtown Portsmouth.
Ed Newsome with Southern Ohio Burritos Company and his staff opened location in the former home of Front Row Video, 929 Chillicothe Street in Portsmouth.
Newsome acknowledged the opening has taken longer than expected, but was excited to finally be open and serving the people of Scioto County.
Since opening Newsome said the response has been positive and the staff has kept busy.
According to hotheadburritos.com, “Hot Head Burritos (has) quickly became a contender in the Quick Serve Mexican food segment. As of September of 2014, there will be 58 Hot Head Burritos open and many more in development.”
Newsome said he’s been in the food business for many years. He owns three locations of Subway and looked at Hot Head Burritos as a way to expand.
Newsome described the food offered at Hot Head Burritos as fast Mexican.
“I’m in the Subway business, I have three locations and I was looking to grow. I knew being in the quick casual food business that, this was a growing segment, nationwide,” Newsome said. “We’ve had our growth with the pizza industry, burgers and things like that. This segment of the food business is really growing.”
Newsome said one of the unique things about Hot Head Burritos includes a build as you go offering. Having a build as you go offering allows consumers to build a burrito, bowl, taco or quesadilla to their liking with available fresh ingredients.
He said the initial opening will allow the staff to start meeting the daily demand and in a few weeks there are plans for a grand opening celebration.
“We want to get though the first week, then we’ll take a breath and we’ll have a ribbon cutting and a grand opening,” Newsome said.
Hot Head Burritos employs 27 people and will be 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Newsome said within the next 30-45 days Hot Head Burritos will offer a catering program. Catering will be ideal for office parties, family reunions among many other things.
Dine-in and carryout services are available. The location has seating for 54 people.
For more information about Hot Head Burritos visit hotheadburritos.com or call 740-529-1871.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT