It is time for rum punch and spicy, jerk-marinated heirloom rooster.
When it opens up coming 7 days in downtown Walnut Creek, LITA, the newest restaurant from the family guiding the city’s Broderick Roadhouse and Lafayette’s Batch & Brine, will specialize in the culinary melting pot of Miami, with solid Caribbean influences in its food and consume packages. LITA is slated to open on Jan. 20 for lunch and meal at 1602 Bonanza St. In addition to indoor dining, the restaurant will have an out of doors patio with seating for 36.
Till now, the city’s Havana has been the go-to location for reliable mojitos and puerco Cubano, but you’d have to enterprise to Oakland or Pleasanton for Guyanese pepper pot or oxtail stew. LITA co-owner Sofia Ghaben told the East Bay Periods that the cafe will expand beyond Cuban food, serving “an interesting fusion of the a variety of Caribbean cultures that have migrated to the area over the yrs,” with a “vibrant atmosphere and domestically-sourced components.”
Executive Chef Nick Peters is coming over from Batch & Brine to guide the kitchen area. Peters worked with Luis Robinson, a Chef’s Plate 13: Miami winner, and Issac Correa, owner of Sarasota’s Baker & Wife restaurant, to establish the dishes. And though Ghaben is not revealing the menu right until the grand opening, she suggests you can expect a several staples, including that Ventura Heirloom Chicken, a spicy jerk-marinated fifty percent heirloom hen served with a freshly torn herb salad.
There will also be unforeseen offerings, like a full poached Maine lobster tail breaded in cornmeal and served, corn canine-fashion, with spicy “island” ketchup. For vegans, there is a Roasted Heirloom Beet Tartare made with marinated beets served in cumin vinaigrette, with charred pineapple, cucumber and beet greens.
A spotlight of the consume menu, curated by bar marketing consultant Alex Arriaga, who delivers knowledge from Barranco and Trader Vic’s, is Queen Annne’s Revenge, a consider on vintage rum punch. The blend of tropical rums is complimented with clean citrus juices and a splash of housemade Caribbean fassionola built from hibiscus and passion fruit.
And of system it would not feel like Miami with out the ideal atmosphere. Designer Antoinette Emanuel and her Miami-primarily based group took inspiration from the coastal metropolis’ lively nightlife. Appear for patched booths emulating purple-hued sunsets and white sand beaches alongside with a custom made infinity mirror wall by Orange County mirror artist Nicky Alice. For a lot more information and facts, check out www.litawalnutcreek.com.