We went to La Casa de Pedro at his new location tonight. It's in the space vacated by Red Sauce in the Arsenal. He has four times the space the old place had, a full bar with seating, and live music (though we missed that). The food was terrifc as always. My wife had Salmon Pedro Martinez, which she thought was excellent and I had Parillada Caraquena, which was great. The new space is great, really elegant. Pedro was checking in with all the tables as he did in the old place. He's going to put on a lot of miles in the new layout. Service was a little spotty, some tables got bread, our's didn't, they forgot my beef empanada appetizer but they brought me two for one when I reminded them (I can live with that).
Pedro must have raked it in at the old place or come up with a hell of a business plan because the new place is an incredible step up. He should have a built-in crowd with the New Rep next door along with his old loyal customers. There's plenty of parking in the area as well.
Hopefully Pedro can have better luck with this seemingly-cursed location than the Naked Fish/Red Sauce folks did. As an aside, the job that's been done to renovate the old Arsenal is really great. Whoever was responsible for planning it should be commended for the wonderful mix of retail/office/living/arts spaces.
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