Arthur Ingemi and his team are building a village where residents and visitors of any and all tastes can find food, drink and an atmosphere that hits the spot.
The Village Tavern Grill & Oyster Bar is putting finishing touches on its restaurant, which is slated to open in the space on the pedestrian mall where was previously located.
Ingemi said he's just waiting for the "final sign-offs" from the city before he opens.
The Village's owner has previous restaurant ownership experience in Salem, and he's also brought three full time managers on board as he prepares to offer a multifaceted experience that Ingemi says will have an emphasis on value and be "very, very comfortable" for all patrons.
"This is Salem. We're the Village," Ingemi explained. "But the Village is more than the tavern."
In addition to the tavern portion of the restaurant, a cozy seating area with booths, an oyster/raw bar and outdoor seating will be a part of "the Village experience," according to Ingemi.
"We'll have great lunch, great dinners and we're hoping for a great crowd with nighttime entertainment," said General Manager Brian Cray. Entertainment could include a DJ, band or sports entertainment on the restaurant's 12 televisions depending on the night, according to the Village family.
In addition to the lunch, dinner and an appetizer selection, Ingemi said he is particularly excited to bring residents steak, brisket and BBQ which will include a signature rib rub and will feature a "colossal wing."
Describing it as an "art" which requires the right equipment and time to allow flavors to infuse the meat, Ingemi said he believes his guests will be impressed.
"I'm not sure Salem has ever seen BBQ quite like this," he said.
To top it all off, the restaurant has a full liquor license and will feature 14 domestic and micro brew beers.
And, as for anyone who might have any concerns about the parking situation, Ingemi said he thinks the parking situation is actually a major plus.
"I believe we have the best parking in Salem," he said, referring to the parking garage at . And, Ingemi said, visitors will almost always be able to park free of charge since the restaurant will be validating parking for most of the year.
Cray said he hopes guests will appreciate the Village family's "attention to detail."
"We're hoping to be a destination restaurant," Ingemi added.
We'll let you know as soon as the restaurant opens. For more information and to inquire about open positions, visit the business website here or the Facebook page here.