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Hotel Sorella doubles down on bistro buzz with a new revamped bar

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Bistro Alex (pictured here) is getting a new linked friend with the Wednesday opening of the downstairs Bistro Bar. Photo by Bill Olive
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Hotel Sorella is doubling up on the Bistro fun. Photo by Shannon O'Hara
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It's always a special time when two individuals choose to join together and become one. That's what happening at Hotel Sorella this week, when the former Café Rosé space will be transformed into the new Bistro Bar and join Bistro Alex in culinary matrimony.

The two concepts have always been related, under the direction of proprietor Alex Brennan-Martin, but for the first time they will be united through food and design.

After a month of fevered, round-the-clock renovations, the 1,900-square-foot Bistro Bar opens Wednesday, offering a ground-floor gateway to Bistro Alex and serving bar bites and cocktails from the kitchen of Bistro Alex and executive chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez.

Guests can start in the lounge with a drink from the expanded mixology options and then continue upstairs to the chic but unstuffy dining room, or stay at the bar for mini flatbreads — a smaller spin on the popular Bistro Alex specialty — as well as street foods that explore Gonzalez's Puerto Rican heritage and new dishes in consideration for the seasonally changing Bistro Alex menu. Bistro Bar also has a spacious patio — a CityCentre must — and will continue the Café Rosé tradition of serving during off-peak hours.

"Bistro Bar will serve as a delicious and dazzling introduction to Bistro Alex," Brennan-Martin says.

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