The scent of melted cheese and spicy pico de gallo has just begun to fade, and UCF is looking to fill the vacant space left behind by Salsa 2 Go.
The closing was announced by a sign on the restaurant's window stating that Oct. 31 would be its last day of operation. The empty structure next to the Reflecting Pond now has a different sign that speaks of "a new, exciting concept" that will be taking up the vacant space.
"It will probably be a food place, but we're not sure exactly what that would be yet," said UCF Marketing Coordinator Sue Gonzalez, in regard to the business that'll be replacing Salsa 2 Go. "We like to figure out what the students are in need of."
She said that whatever new business takes over the space will most likely be opening in the spring.
Salsa 2 Go was first thought up, according to the company's website, back in 2006 by owner Maryann Kilgallon. Gonzalez says, however, that it wasn't until 2009 that its doors were opened to the UCF campus.
The location's closing was due to the owner's personal decision, Gonzalez said.
The business, known for its salsa, tacos and nachos, has also disappeared from social media with both the Twitter and Facebook accounts having been deleted. However, the website is still up. The business managed to make a presence through competitions to earn free meals on Wednesdays and by having Chico, the chili pepper mascot, roaming around the school.
"I went there at least twice a week since last year," said Rachel Reiss, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice. "They [Salsa 2 Go employees] always greeted me. They always asked how my day was going. I went there so often that they actually started to remember what I would order."
Reiss said that she'll miss the restaurant's quesadillas the most.