On a tip from the sputtering tail end of the comment stream (river?) from our Ch-ch-ch-abel’s post, we wandered by the newly opened Chabela’s restaurant on 45th Tuesday night and had a chat with the manager, Peter Diaz, who, along with the chef, have a small stake in the restaurant alongside the owner, Andres Lopez.
They “soft opened” earlier this week and plan to have their “hard opening” two weeks from Sunday, on March 3rd. What’s the difference? Well, advertising won’t start until the hard opening and the customers are encouraged to be gentle on the staff, who are still learning the menu.
They’ll be open for dinner starting at 4 pm for the foreseeable future, and he described their menu as “modern fresh Mexican grill”: nothing frozen, all grilled. There’s a photo of the menu posted on their door below.
“Chabela” was the owner’s mother’s name, and he has included many of her recipes on the menu in her honor. At the risk of exhuming the dead horse for additional beatings, I was told that the similarity between their logo and that of the similarly named national outdoor retailer’s logo came as a surprise to the owner, who did not himself design the logo.