I’m getting more rumors about the do-over for the old Pinot/Corazon space on SW 12th Ave.
Lardo, a “modern sandwich shop and beer garden” on SE Hawthorne, will take over the west end of the space. They have quickly developed a large following, and with a similar menu of their legendary sandwiches, hope to do so in the downtown location. During the winter months, the crowd is expected to drop at the SE location, so part of the already-trained staff could move over.
Ración, by Anthony Cafiero, previously of Tabla, is to be “an innovative Spanish restaurant”. Plans call for it to have a flexible menu modeled after a sushi bar – not as in fish, but in concept. The model looks affordable, while allowing them to raise the overall tickets, though it’s hard to project with tapas just how much the guests are going to spend. The idea of Cafiero doing an optional $75 tasting menu is being bandied about.
Ryan Magarian of Liquid Relations is doing the bar, but the bartender himself will be de-emphasized to the back-of-the-house, as they feel the days of the “big ego bartender” are slowly coming to an end. The design at Ración will be clean and unpretentious; nothing that will distract from the food. Plans call for the current bar to be removed and replaced with a u-shaped design.
The (hoped for) opening date is October 15th for both restaurants.