Aldea chef and owner, George Mendes is tantalizingly close to opening his new casual Portuguese bar and restaurant Lupulo. The plywood is down and staff training is going on this very second. The team is talking about soft opening on Monday, according to one of the restaurant’s designers standing outside.
Early on in the planning, Mendes’s team promised that there would be a to-go window. The designer said to start, it will operate as a coffee kiosk.
Mendes’s menu for Lupuplo isn’t public yet, but at a late February party in the space he served Portuguese-style tapas like salt cod croquettes, warm large prawns, oysters, and cured ham, all of which seem like the types of items one would expect here. The open kitchen is also stocked with a wood-burning hearth, which could be used to roast just about any meat, fish, or vegetable.
The team was sitting around the large bar this afternoon for training. And, since Lupulo means hops in Portuguese, that training has involved some serious beer tastings (life's hard).
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