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.