Typically, a restaurant's plans to turn a space around quickly for a new opening are met with some hitch that pushes back the schedule. Not so for Anejo.
The upscale Tex Mex concept from the Lasco Group (The Tasting Room, Max's Wine Dive) has revealed that it will open March 24.
That's almost exactly the "third week of March" that Lasco chief brand officer Jonathan Horowitz predicted when he announced the project in February. The former Arturo's Uptown Italiano has been transformed with skull-print wallpaper, red and black accents and new lighting.
Chef Michael Pellegrino's menu is still being finalized, but the restaurant has released a few images to illustrate what elevating Texans' favorite cuisine looks like. Think tequila butter-poached snapper nachos, venison tamales and pecan-crusted rack of lamb with jalapeno-cilantro jelly. The beverage program will feature a 100-plus label selection of agave spirits, along with 100 bottles of wine.
"I am excited to rejoin the Lasco team and look forward to bringing a new level of food, drink and service to the traditional Tex-Mex dining experience," Criswell said in a statement.