Santa Rosa’s New Latin Quarter

Prepare for the pisco.

Pisco sours, an addictive Peruvian cocktail, will be on the menu at Olé in Santa Rosa
Pisco sours, an addictive Peruvian cocktail, will be on the menu at Olé in Santa Rosa

Pisco sours, an addictive Peruvian cocktail, will be on the menu at Olé in Santa Rosa
Pisco sours, an addictive Peruvian cocktail, will be on the menu at Olé in Santa Rosa

The corner of Mendocino and Seventh St. in Santa Rosa is about to become home to two Latin-inspired restaurants featuring the cuisines of Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Brazil.

Opening in the former Franco’s (previously Acapulco) is Brasa Churrascaria and Brewpub. Details on the restaurant are still a bit sketchy, but BiteClub caught the new restaurateurs this week outside the space who described the menu as including “churrasco”, traditional Brazilian grilled meats served on skewers. Think barbecued beef, pork, chicken or fish cooked and served on long swords–dinner and a show.

Taking over the former Seven/Vine bar and nightclub is Olé. Opening chefs include Jose Luis Nunez (Auberge, Solage) and AJ Lockwood (Safari West, Frank & Ernie’s) who’ve created a mix of Latin dishes that include Puerto Rican Mofongo (green plantains with chicharonnes), Cubano sandwiches, Pechuga Rellan (stuffed chicken breast with shrimp), Pollo al Horno (chicken with oregano and garlic) as well as Mexican staples of red snapper ceviche, carnitas, Cochinita pibil (a BiteClub fave that includes pork, achiote and pickled red onions).

Owners Yanet Ramirez, Patricia Rodriguez and Levi Rodriguez hope to add additional dishes that include influences from the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean cuisines.

What we’re especially excited about: Cocktail King John Burton (owner of the Santa Rosa Bartender School and bar consultant) has crafted a spirits menu that i includes Caipirinhas, Pisco Sours, Pina Coladas, Michelada and upscale margaritas.

Both restaurants are expected to open this spring.


13 thoughts on “Santa Rosa’s New Latin Quarter

  1. Chicama Peruvian Grill will be opening this week at The Palms Inn Hotel at 3345 Santa Rosa Avenue (1/2 mile north of Todd Road). We will be serving authentic Peruvian food. Our Chef Eduardo Gutierrez graduated from a culinary university in Lima Peru with the designation of “Alta Cocina”, He has also worked and trained in Miami, FL, Lyon France and Barcelona Spain. We invite everyone to come and taste our authentic Peruvian food, we hope to be open on Wednesday 4/23, we will off 20% off through the weekend. Call 1st to make sure -we’re open 707-570-2057.

  2. Sazon is good, so is another option for pisco sours and clasicos! Argentine-style beef-centric menu/dining would be a welcome sight in SR downtown too, or thereabouts…

  3. Sonoma County mainly provides service jobs…
    The many new consumers may not have a high school degree.
    Not enough earnings among the young persons for supporting local restaurants.

    Pushing alcohol vs. fresh fruit and signature marinated dishes will mean an early demise at 505 Mendocino Ave. in Sonoma County.
    “Starks” has shown that inexpensive happy hour makes word of mouth of great food and drinks….But $50.00 steaks are common…And the hookers headed there not to Mendocino Ave…Or another personal best, John Ash Vinters Inn..

    1. Go BRASA Team. Just in time for the world cup baby. Happy food for happy customers. Feed me!!!

    2. Only a person who is on meth and in into hookers would know that is where the hookers go. You are not a pimp

  4. If you’re jonesing for a pisco and can’t wait for Ole to open, I highly recommend the pisco at Sazon on Sebastopol Road. Nice to have a few pisco options in town! Sazon is wonderful for dinner as well.

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