Nazca Kitchen to open second location in Uptown Friday

Nazca Kitchen, the South American-inspired restaurant that has occupied the same corner at Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway since 2012, is finally expanding its scope … right into Uptown.

The second location will open Friday in the West Village, at the corner of Cityplace West and Noble Street. It will be serve an all-day menu, plus weekend brunch. Julia Lopez — who opened the defunct Mexican-Peruvian restaurant Alo nearly a decade ago and more recently the exec chef at La Duni — serves as consulting chef. Shawn Horne, who has opened everything from Five Sixty to Stampede 66, is director of operations.

The menu includes such items as ceviche tacos (pictured), baked empanadas and hand-crafted cocktails like the lime colada.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

More to dish about Dish

Just as my review of Dish was headed to press (you can read it here) I saw an item — and got an email — complaining that the two gay managers at the Cedar Springs restaurant (but not the straight G.M.) were canned. Apparently, some people are screaming homophobia.

That seems unlikely to me, if only because word also comes that the on-site executive chef, Brian Sommers, has also been let go … and he’s straight. Plus, the G.M. still there, Shawn Horne, is a straight-but-gay-friendly guy I have dealt with ever since he had Kitchen 1924 in Lakewood (he came to Dish directly from Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck).

We’ll see how all this develops, but until it affects the food, I’ll give it time to shake out.цена рекламы

—  Arnold Wayne Jones