New restaurant coming to former ‘Bay Breeze’ location in Springfield

Gregorio Vilchis is working to convert the former Bay Breeze Restaurant in the Ohio Village Restaurant located on West First Street. Bill Lackey/Staff
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Gregorio Vilchis is working to convert the former Bay Breeze Restaurant in the Ohio Village Restaurant located on West First Street. Bill Lackey/Staff

A new restaurant is populating a strip of vacant retail in Springfield.

Ohio Village Restaurant will be opening its doors to the public in mid-May pending inspections, the owner said.

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Gregorio Vilchis said he wanted to give Springfield a different dining experience.

“I’ve tried most of the stuff around here,” he said. “And the chain (restaurants) — it’s like everything’s processed.”

All of the food will be fresh — down to the homemade bread — and grown from local farms, Vilchis said.

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The site of Ohio Village Restaurant is the former “Bay Breeze” restaurant on West First Street. Vilchis said he’s been in the restaurant business for years, but this will be his first venture owning his own.

The restaurant sits between the vacant Tumbleweed and Lone Star Steakhouse restaurants — and a Target store just down the street without an owner.

But Vilchis said he’s embracing the challenge of the location.

“Sometimes you just gotta take the risk,” he said.

Ohio Village Restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

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