Brett Anderson reports that Rio Mar's last night of operation will be August 2 (White Linen night), with current owners Nick Bazan and chef Miles Prescott planning to open a taqueria in its place to drum up more business. All the usual taqueria elements sound in order: "a prominent bar, well-stocked with tequila, mezcal and rum, plus tacos, burritos, and more." For many, this is an end of an era as Adolfo Garcia opened the Spanish/Latin restaurant with Bazan back in 2000 to critical acclaim, but Garcia sold his shares in the flagship back in 2012 to focus on his other holdings around town.
But fret not, ceviche freaks, Prescott and Bazan are also planning Nuevo Centro, a Peruvian/Japanese seafood joint in the Marigny, per Anderson: "The restaurant, which Prescott hopes to open in the spring, will center around an open kitchen where chefs prepare ceviches and seafood tartares with Peruvian ingredients and spices, but in the manner of a sushi bar."
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