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Fénix, the Mexican Restaurant Replacing TBD, to Open in May

Seasonal sangrias and shareable plates will be the focus

TBD, before the fire
TBD, before the fire
Patricia Chang

It looks like Fénix, the Mexican restaurant that is taking the place of shuttered TBD, will make its appearance just in time for Cinco de Mayo, with a planned friends and family date of May 5 and a full opening on May 6.

Mercer Restaurant Group, which owned and operated TBD before it was damaged by a fire, is behind this restaurant as well, which owner Matt Semmelhack says will be laid back, and focus on large shareable plates. Partner and chef Mark Liberman has planned a menu with influences from different regions of Mexico, with house-made tortillas and and small plates like queso fundido with poblanos and chorizo. A selection of seasonal sangrias, like "fresa fresca" with rosé wine, strawberries and mint, is the creation of manager Sonja Lukin-Beck, which will be accompanied by beer and wine.

The restaurant is also the latest to attempt a tipless model, adding an automatic 18 percent gratuity onto the bill, according to Inside Scoop. Semmelhack hopes that by opening with the tip-free model already instated that it might be easier to swallow for diners. Stay tuned for more details closer to opening.

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