Gonzalez nominated for Beard Award
been considering how to make an operation work in the vast 4,400-square-foot space, which is roughly twice as big as Marble + Rye, Dimmer said.
Working ideas include a coffee and pastry program, with breakfast staples like breakfast sandwiches.
Lunch might be a steam-table by-the-pound assortment, like Wegmans’ hot bar. That will allow the restaurant to serve large numbers of lunch customers swiftly, he noted.
“Some people really only get 25 minutes for lunch,” said Dimmer, “so we’re trying to make it as easy as possible.”
The operation could be up and running this summer, Dimmer said, “but there’s a lot of details that still have to be worked out.”
Las Puertas chef honored: For the second year in a row, Acapulcoborn Victor Parra Gonzalez has been honored with a James Beard Award nomination.
The chef-owner of Las Puertas, 385 Rhode Island St., is a semifinalist for Best Chef Northeast, one of 20 named from an area that includes New York State outside New York City, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Gonzalez’s dishes, using Mexican flavors creatively with French and Italian technique, has brought him faithful customers, and an article in the New York Times.
“This is a huge moment for all of us at the restaurant,” Gonzalez said. “Not only did we set out to cook what makes us happy but we had to learn and help other people understand what it meant for us to cook Mexican food.”
He thanked his coworkers, and his customers. “We are able to cook this way thanks to the guests that come ready and willing to experience new ideas and give us their trust.”
The Beard awards, akin to the Emmys of the American hospitality industry, are administered by the James Beard Foundation.
Ellen and Steven Gedra, of The Black Sheep were honored in 2017. Mike Andrzejewski, owner of Seabar and Cantina Loco, was nominated in 2009 and 2010. Finalists will be announced March 27.