Sabor burritos

Burritos with a slew of protein fillings are just one of the staples on the Sabor menu.

MOORESVILLE – A Charlotte-based restaurant growing as fast as the area itself is coming to Mooresville next month.

Sabor Latin Street Grill is projected to open its doors in late August at 279 Williamson Road, just north of the intersection with Brawley School Road. It’s the 13th store to open and third in the Lake Norman area, following locations in Huntersville and Davidson that each arrived in 2018.

Sabor tacos

Sabor Latin Street Grill offers tacos three ways: Americanos, Autenticos or Locos.

“It has to come down to food,” said Dalton Espaillat, CEO of Raydal Hospitality, Sabor’s ownership group. “We put a lot of focus on the freshness of the food, don’t cut any corners, making sure the rice is fresh, all salsas are made in house. We want the customer to want to come back again.”

Sabor tries to provide a local touch to each of its locations’ decor, as in Davidson there’s a mural of former Davidson College basketball star Stephen Curry. Locally, Espaillat wants to give a nod to NASCAR and the racing industry.

“I’ll try to tie that into the branding… I’m trying to do something cool,” he said.

Sabor’s authentic menu draws on favorites from El Salvador, Dominican Republic (Espaillat’s home country), Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia. Its kitchen offers tacos, burritos, empañadas and arepas, along with a slew of salsas, yuca fries and nachos.

“It’s a melting pot of cultures,” Espaillat said of the DR. “Most of food in the Dominican is from street vendors, like a taco truck. I thought it would be cool to have food I had back home and the experience of eating out on the streets. You don’t see that a lot in the U.S., especially in Charlotte.”

The Mooresville restaurant, with 2,530 square feet and 60 seats, is in the Mooresville Town Square development. Sabor opened its first location in 2013, with franchise locations in Indian Trail and Columbia, S.C.

The previously announced University-area store in Charlotte will be the 14th with an expected fall opening.

“We are responding to the numerous customer requests and trying to make it convenient for our fans,” Espaillat said in a press release. “We would like to fill in the empty spots on the market such as Concord and Belmont, Matthews to have every corner of the market covered.”

Espaillat said he waiting to get town approval for a larger kitchen hood, and the opening could get pushed back to September.

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