As far as Mateo's Cocina Latino is concerned, we've brought you the major details, and the skinny about the drinks from Scott Beattie, now it's time to talk about the opening and this interior styling you see here. Shawn E. Hall kept it as green and sustainable as possible with tables crafted from old fluorescent light cans, recycled mesquite chairs from the shuttered Santi, and a bar composed of rusted reclaimed steel and hutches that were left behind. A Yucatan yellow and orange color scheme reflects chef-owner Mateo Granados' heritage. Up front, there's some retail space for his signature sauces and t-shirts. Out back, the patio is surrounded by vegetable beds.
The drink menu is a sparkler, full of takes on tequila cocktails with ingredients like Sonoma Coast sea salt and fresh local tomato juices. Note a few nightly regional Yucatecan dinner specials will be offered in addition to this dinner menu.
The restaurant opens tomorrow, on Mexican Independence Day, for dinner service at 5:30 p.m. Lunch service starts next Monday at 11 a.m. Brunch will begin the following Friday at 10 a.m. Mateo’s doesn't take reservations, but you can always go put your name in and then wait over at Spoonbar. Early reports, here .
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