Back Burner restaurant in Macon to change ownership

The Back Burner restaurant in Macon is set to change ownership as of Jan. 1, but the transition will be barely noticeable to customers.

Chef Christian Losito has owned The Back Burner at 2242 Ingleside Ave. the past 18 years, and he is selling it to chef Julio Rosas and his wife, Karen.

“I could not think of a better person to take over my place,” Losito said.

Losito said he and his wife thought they might sell the restaurant when their daughter graduated from high school in a couple of years. But after Julio Rosas left as longtime head chef at the Tic Toc Room in downtown Macon, the two chefs worked out a deal.

Losito said he wasn’t sure if in two years “we would find somebody with the money to buy (the restaurant).” He declined to reveal the purchase price.

Interestingly, Julio Rosas worked for Losito about eight years ago.

“Julio trained under Chef Christian in his early days of food preparation,” Karen Rosas said.

Julio Rosas has been in the restaurant business at least 25 years and has been a chef about 15 years, she said.

“He actually started out washing dishes,” she said.

The new owners plan some minor changes. The restaurant name will remain the same, and it will still be closed Sunday and Monday. It will retain the current employees.

“We will probably open at 5 (p.m.) for dinner,” she said. “We have redone the menu a little bit to make it more appealing to the after-work crowd. We will even have some happy hour specials in a little bar area while maintaining the quality of the food that has always been at The Back Burner.”

The menu will remain basically the same, “with Chef Julio’s twists,” she said.

The restaurant will be closed Jan. 1 through no later than Jan. 13, while the place gets a fresh coat of paint, Rosas said. Also the bar area will be expanded “just a tiny bit just to have a place for the after-work crowd to stop and have a drink and something to eat.”

Meanwhile, Losito said he doesn’t want people to think he’s retired.

“I will find something else to do,” he said.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.