By John Horne
Rick Erickson, a local 33-year veteran contractor, had long dreamed of changing career paths. After years of backbreaking construction work, Erickson’s body had had enough. His heart was set on turning a growing fantasy of owning a restaurant into a reality.
Erickson first thought of starting a diner, but the idea never made it off the ground. It was only after a close-friend — Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow — suggested that Oswego could benefit from a popup taco stand in the middle of downtown that Erickson knew exactly what kind of restaurant he wanted to build.
The venturous restaurateur began researching and planning in May 2018 and wasted no time in finding a location at 201 West 1st St. In September, he opened the business — River’s Edge Taqueria.
The business owner invested $140,000, a gamble which Erickson believes will pay off.
“I’ve always loved cooking and once our wonderful mayor gave me this idea, I jumped at the chance,” said Erickson. “I thought about it and put all the right pieces of the puzzle together to bring Oswego truly authentic Mexican food.”
As a native of Oswego himself, Erickson believes that there is no better place to bring his hard work and passion than his hometown.
The restaurant offers the usual Mexican fair of tacos, taco salad bowls, fajitas, burritos, and quesadillas with one simple promise, to deliver Mexican food that is truly authentic. “Authentic Mexican food is the foundation of what River’s Edge Taqueria is,” says Erickson.
Though Erickson is new to the food business, he prides himself in using only the freshest and best ingredients, a factor which he stresses upon and believes sets his restaurant apart. All of the restaurant’s sauces and salsas; along with the taco shells and tortilla chips, are homemade. You can feel his passion for what he does and it shows in the food that Taqueria has to offer.
River’s Edge Taqueria is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It’s closed on Sunday.
Erickson says the hours will expand when the weather gets warmer with late night hours on the weekends to catch the bar crowd. The restaurant currently offers takeout or delivery, but Erickson believes by late spring the restaurant will expand to provide a sit-down dining experience and will serve beer and wine.
My Take at the Food
After personally trying the steak fajitas, I would recommend any lover of Mexican food to visit this establishment. River’s Edge Taqueria is in a great location in the heart of the town and has a sweet family-owned, local-business charm you won’t be able to find anywhere.