How could Uruguayan architecture student Analia Verolo say no when, in 1993, an American foreign exchange student she dated in Montevideo sent her a ticket to join him in Maine? The relationship ended, but Verolo stayed on.
In 1998, she met aspiring chef Gabriel Bremer while the two were working at the Fore Street restaurant in Portland. The meeting began a personal and professional collaboration that resulted in Salts, the nationally acclaimed Cambridge eatery that opened in 2004 to rave reviews. But Salts closed after a flood in the winter of 2014; since then, the couple has been searching for a new location and enjoying baby Teo, born last October.
Later this year in Watertown, Verolo and Bremer will open La Bodega by Salts, a restaurant inspired by the foods of Juan Lacaze, Verolo’s birthplace, across the Rio de la Plata river from Buenos Aires, Argentina. “We’ll serve home-style, family food, like grandma used to make,” she says. That means empanadas, lengua a la vinagreta (tongue) and chivito sandwiches (Dagwood-like subs of tenderloin, ham, mozzarella and hardboiled egg). Salts’ much-beloved roasted, stuffed, boneless duck will also be on the menu.
La Bodega by Salts, 21 Nichols Ave., Watertown (617-876-8444)