A change is coming soon on Bank Street in New Milford.

Salsa, the popular Southwestern/Mexican restaurant, is moving from Railroad Street to 31 Bank Street, on the first floor of a building that most recently housed the Bank Street Tavern.

Salsa owners Bill Thomas and Lucy Nichols have just signed the lease and haven't set a target date yet for opening the doors on Bank Street, Ms. Nichols said.

They will remain open at their Railroad Street location of 20 years until the move.

"There's some remodeling still to do at Bank Street," Ms. Nichols said. "We're working on getting the liquor license and working on the changes that are needed to the interior for our decor."

Salsa's present location has seating for 30 to 35. At Bank Street, seating will increase to 50 to 60 patrons, with expansion of more seating to come in the future, she said.

"We have to get the kitchen up and running, comfortably and efficiently for our staff," Ms. Nichols said. "We're taking things slowly. We're going to move the same menu to Bank Street -- then slowly expand it."

What will stay the same?

The same fresh ingredients and reasonable pricing, Ms. Nichols said.

What will be added?


"We don't want our loyal clientele to feel like we're moving up to a different level, just to a nicer location with a bar," she said. "This is something we've wanted to do for some time and the time was right."

Chad Yonker, principal of Litchfield Acquisitions 1 LLC, which owns and renovated the building at 31 Bank Street in order to operate the Bank Street Tavern, said he is excited about the change.

"It's a great step for Salsa. They've been in a small space," Mr. Yonker said.

The first-floor space at 31 Bank Street has been remodeled. The staircase to the second floor has been removed and the bar from the second floor moved to the first floor.

Mr. Yonker purchased the building in mid-2008 when then-owner Thomas Moran went into bankruptcy.

Unable to find a tenant with the "concept that would work and financial backing to make a long-term commitment," he renovated the space and opened his own restaurant there.

The Bank Street Tavern opened Sept. 1, 2010, only to close in September 2011, a year later.

"I went through three chefs, three general managers. I didn't have the time to put in to be on site full time," Mr. Yonker said. "I'm not a restaurant guy. The town needed activity in the downtown. I felt I should do what I could."

Mr. Yonker is maintaining a presence in the building.

He will keep his private office on the third floor and is opening Good Works Insurance on the second floor.

"Good Works is a new business model. I plan to open in about 30 days," Mr. Yonkers said.

For more information about Salsa, check www.salsarestaurantct.com.