Roseburg Salsa Company closed its restaurant on Jackson Street, but is still making and selling salsa in Roseburg.
The restaurant had opened in March 2017 to offer food that could go with its salsas, like chicken strips, nachos and burritos. Despite the closure, Roseburg Salsa Co. owner Terrance Bradford said the company is still making salsas at the 719 SE Jackson St. location and the salsas are back in stores.
Bradford said the salsa is expanding to local markets, like Oak Market and 1 AM Market in Roseburg, in an effort to boost local small business sales and help develop the community.
Before they knew it would one day become the cornerstone of a new business in downtown Roseb…
Bradford and Tyler Ramos, both originally from Texas, had started making their first salsa for game nights and parties and brought the recipe with them when they moved up to Douglas County to work at Umpqua Community College. In 2014, Bradford teamed up with former UCC students Robert Kalchert and Cody Scott to start the salsa business in 2014 and sell their first order of 20 units to Sherm’s Thunderbird Market.
Ramos joined them shortly afterward.
Education has always been a theme for the company, as it has funded educational efforts, scholarships and online courses, and also partnered with the Phoenix School’s Future Business Leaders of America program.
The team recently launched its high school credit recovery program called Freedmen Institute of Transitional Education for adult learners without a high school diploma. One of the students won a scholarship for Udacity’s “Front-End Web Developer” Nanodegree program. The scholarship was part of “Grow with Google Initiative.”
“We are proud to have Roseburg and one of our students represented,” Bradford said.