In fast turnover news, El Cid #1 at 2115 N. Milwaukee, which closed this past Christmas Eve after 42 years in business, has risen again, just not as a Mexican restaurant and with an exciting new name, concept, and back story.
“Being that I’m Cuban and was born in Cuba and I’ve been running a popular Mexican restaurant for the past 18 years, it was the time to do it. Plus, it’s weird to have two El Cids,” Paladar’s owner Jose Gonzalez said when The Pipeline reached him by phone earlier today as he was running around El Cid #2 in Logan Square.
In December, Gonzalez bought his business partner and father out, so that he could re-imagine the space, the lesser performing of the family’s two Mexican restaurants, and turn it into something new. The decision was, as the sign posted in Paladar Restaurant & Rum Bar’s window says, “el lugar adecuado el momento” (the right place at the right time).
Just like with Italian foods that have different regions, Gonzalez said that Paladar will place an emphasis on southern Cuba and feature brown rice with red bean dishes, for instance. There will be generous portions and lots of rums and whiskeys.
In keeping with the fact that Cuba’s capital city of Havana is a leading exporter of sugar cane, tobacco, and rum, Paladar will proudly sell two of the three. A special machine will produce freshly squeezed sugar cane juice.
Paladar is on track to open the second week of April.
Check out photos on Paladar’s Facebook Page.