A new modernized outpost of sceney Mexican mini chain Dos Caminos will open in half of what is currently its sibling sushi bar, Blue Fin, in Times Square this August, exactly a year after its arrival was announced. The remaining half of Blue Fin will get its revamp after that, and should reopen in October. "The new Dos Caminos and Blue Fin in Times Square will be flagship locations for the brands and are going to signal an entirely new direction for BR Guest Hospitality,'' says James Gersten, the company's President and CEO. "Each restaurant will have a completely new look and feel including the design, new refreshed menus and a real move towards using more local and seasonal ingredients."
The new Dos Caminos will have a rustic modern decor with raw reclaimed wood, designed by Brooklyn-based, hOmE, the company that also created the look for Rebelle and Telepan. The 218-seat restaurant will feature a tequila bar offering 120 premium tequilas and a back bar shaped like an agave plant. Chef Ivy Stark is vowing to introduce healthy options along with more classic Mexican dishes.
The designer for Blue Fin will also be from Brooklyn. Robert McKinley, the man behind The Surf Lodge, Ruschmeyers, and Sant Ambroeus, is redecorating the restaurant with strings of lights, and lots of reds and mahogany. It will have two sushi bars overseen by Gari alum Boo "Mike'' Lim, and a lounge area as well as traditional dining room seating.