Salem pioneer Mexican restaurant Los Baez closes after nearly 50 years

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After 49 years of operation, Los Baez, one of the first Mexican restaurants in Salem, quietly closed in mid-March.

A sign on the door simply reads, “Los Baez Restaurant has closed its doors for the final time. Thank you for your continued patronage and friendships – Baez Family.”

The Baez family are from Michoacan, Mexico, and arrived in California in 1965. They visited Salem in 1966 and everything was history from there.

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The restaurant opened on Oct. 4, 1973, by Angel, Alberto and Raul Baez, when at the time there were only two Mexican restaurants in the area, one of them in Keizer.

According to records in the Statesman Journal archives, a clip from November 21, 1996, read the Baez brothers had two other Los Baez locations in Salem, with a third that opened in West Salem in the Westgate Shopping Center. Further records and details of closures were unable to be found.

The Baez family listed the restaurant for sale in May 2015 with Coldwell Banker Commercial Mountain West Real Estate, but the Baez family continued to keep the restaurant open awaiting a new owner. The Baez family were not able to be reached for comment.

Alex Rhoten, owner and principal broker of Coldwell Banker Commercial Mountain West Real Estate, confirmed the property was sold and will be converted into an urgent care clinic.

“I think it’s a great transition for the space that will be useful for the community,” Rhoten said.

No further details of the future of the urgent care facility are available at this time.

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