Calexico, the Tex-Mex eatery which was to have gone in the street-level retail space at 1600 South Street, will be replaced by Rosalita's Bodega, the third restaurant for beer and food lovers Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico,

A new Mexican restaurant is on its way to 1600 South Street.

It just won't be the one that had been announced previously. Instead of an outpost of a New York transplant, this one will be homegrown and one of a kind.

Building owner-developer and Philly Living CEO Noah Ostroff announced yesterday that he has reached a deal with local restaurateurs/tavernkeepers Chris and Heather Fetfatzes to take over the corner retail space that Calexico was to occupy. They will open Rosalita's Bodega, a Mexican-style restaurant, at that location.

This will be the third eatery for Fetfatzes, whose family owns Bella Vista Beer Distributors, and his wife. The couple also run Hawthornes, a gourmet cafe and bottle shop at 11th and Fitzwater streets, and The Cambridge, a classic gastropub with an English accent one block east at 1508 South Street.

Ostroff approached the couple about taking over the space after Calexico ceased work on fitting out the restaurant space and stopped paying rent. He also noted that there was a karmic element to the deal. "Chris and Heather were interested in opening a Mexican restaurant in this space originally," he said. However, the timing was not quite right for Fetfatzes and Annechiarico, and Ostroff negotiated a lease with Calexico instead. With that deal now dead, "the opportunity presented itself" for the couple to realize their original goal.

Rosalita's should open for business five months from now. In our next post, we will have details about what you can expect to find there.