Arturo Boada hasn't wasted any time since abruptly leaving Arturo's Uptown Italiano in early March.
He's already signed a lease for his new signature concept, called Arturo Boada Cuisine, taking over the former Bistro Don Camillo space in the Memorial area just off of Voss.
Talking to Boada on Tuesday, I could hear construction noise in the background. "Oh yeah we're working on everything, the signage, the space, all of it," says Boada, who hopes to open in early summer.
He describes Arturo Boada Cuisine as a "progressive bistro" that will offer a diverse menu in a fun, casual setting.
"I'm gonna be doing pastas, steaks, seafood and wood-oven pizza," says Boada, although the menu won't end there. Boada also wants to incorporate the Spanish and South American dishes he specialized in at Solero, his former spot downtown. Those specialties include tapas, paella and ceviches.
Boada describes the new space as fun and eclectic, saying it will have a red, black and white color scheme and "very moderate" entree prices.
"It's gonna be a fun place," Boada says. "Like the kind of neighborhood boutique restaurant you find in San Francisco or New York. It's gonna be cool, sleek — fantastico."