Adolfo Garcia has talked about his love of the grill before, and now he's put his money where his mouth is with his brand new Primitivo restaurant on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in Central City.
The massive fire pit is the focus of Primitivo, and the rest of the space follows the natural-meets-functional aesthetic. Warm wood meets cool blue tones, neutral gray tables, with pops of design that seem to hearken from another time. A time when good food was prepared simply and eaten with relish. Jars of preserved food reminds the visitor of the elemental style Garcia and his team - Jared Ralls, Ron Copeland and Nick Martin - are focused on.
The open kitchen showcases the real star of the show, an oven made of brick and steel which includes an open grill. The menu will be dictated by what's fresh that day, prepared simply and in the style of what the chef himself likes to do at home in his free time.
The bar's main design aspect, a wooden painting from a French church dating back to the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century has several tap handles coming out of it now and overlooks Ron Copeland's cocktail program which uses as many house made ingredients as possible to follow along with the restaurant's overall theme. One of the taps will be reserved for cocktails.
Primitivo is now open for dinner (5-10pm) from Tuesday through Saturday and lunch service, just added this week, will be Tuesday-Friday from 11:30am-3pm.