A bit of the Virgin Islands coming to Peters Township

Published Mar 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm (Updated Mar 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm)

Doreen Valentine has spent the winter developing a new taco restaurant in Peters Township that will specialize in fish.

Sirena Taco Joint and Bar is set to open in mid-May, offering a beach-themed eatery in the space formerly occupied by the now-closed Dozen Bake Shop in the interior mall portion of Donaldson’s Crossroads shopping center. In keeping with the beach theme, even the name, Sirena, means mermaid in Spanish.

The sit-down restaurant will feature not only fish, but also tacos with chicken and steak, and even fried macaroni and cheese, Valentine said. There will be meal-sized salads for the non-taco lovers, along with other entrees.

“It’s not only tacos,” Valentine said.

She was also the owner of Dozen Bake Shop and her foray into the restaurant business with the taco place is a first for her. She is working with restaurant advisors from Pittsburgh.

Valentine is in the process of obtaining a liquor license and there will be outdoor seating on a parking pad at the rear of the restaurant, weather permitting. Entrance to the outdoor area will be through the restaurant and bar only, she said.

To ensure authenticity, Valentine hired John Bingham, a chef from the American Virgin Islands.

In the beginning, the casual, sit-down restaurant and bar will operate for dinner only.

“If there is enough demand, we’ll include a lunch time,” Valentine said.

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