Back in February, the team from one-star Pan-Latin restaurant Nuela announced that the restaurant would be closing for a few weeks for a revamp. Now Eater learns that the Nuela team is no longer involved with the space. It will reopen as a completely new project called Raymi, and it will be operated by Latin American star chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval, of Zengo and Dohyo at The Yotel. This comes as something of a surprise, as the owners of Nuela had announced plans to expand the restaurant to other cities. Raymi's kitchen will be helmed by Jaime Pesaque, who owns and is still with Mayta in Lima, Peru.
Nuela's chef Adam Schop is not involved in this new restaurant. Many critics praised his food at Nuela, especially the monster chicken for two and arroz con pato. Schop tells Eater that he's currently "finishing up a short term project," and that he plans to announce his next move sometime soon. Schop notes: "I am excited to see what Jaime does. He is a friend and truly will represent Peruvian Cuisine at the finest level." Raymi is slated to open in June, with a Peruvian menu that also features "the bold Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and native influences that embody the country's vibrant cuisine."
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