A New Restaurant Will Deliver Elevated Mexican Meals to Gulf Gate

A brand new Mexican restaurant is coming to Gulf Gate in mid-August. The restaurant, referred to as Kolucan, is the brainchild of Reyna’s Taqueria proprietor Gino Calleja and Jose Rojas, his enterprise accomplice on this new enterprise.

Rojas and Calleja met at one among Sarasota’s storied Trash Fish dinners, at which native cooks would prepare dinner with lesser-known fish, usually the byproduct of economic fishing operations, that beforehand could be, effectively, thrown within the trash.

“We hit it off instantly,” says Calleja. “We’ve lots in frequent so far as our backgrounds and we have been involved on a regular basis. When it was time to open Reyna’s, Jose helped out lots. Even earlier than Reyna’s, we might discuss doing one thing collectively, one thing like this. It was all the time at the back of our minds.”

When Calleja got here throughout the brand new restaurant house, which was previously residence to Opus Restaurant and Lounge, he knew it was time to succeed in out to Rojas to observe their desires of opening an area collectively.

Thus Kolucan was born.

The restaurant’s title is an alternate spelling of Calleja’s hometown, San Lucas Colucan in Mexico.

“It pays homage to my mother and father as a result of I completely adore them. We need to folks to really feel welcome, as if they’re coming into my mom’s home,” says Calleja, who named Reyna’s Taqueria restaurant after his beloved mom, Doña Reyna.

Some current offerings from Reyna's Taqueria.

By way of the menu, the pair are growing concepts for methods to wow their diners.

“We need to present all sorts of Mexican delicacies, like conventional objects, well-liked objects and even road meals,” Rojas says. “There are completely different methods for all of a lot of these dishes and we need to serve all of them right here, however in an elevated method.”

The restaurant may have 170 seats throughout two restaurant areas separated by a shared kitchen. One house is a smaller bar and lounge; the opposite is a bigger eating room. The companions are nonetheless figuring out if there might be a distinct menus for every house and are toying with the thought of serving lighter bites within the lounge as they proceed to conceptualize the menu. Nevertheless, either side will characteristic a full liquor bar and loads of margaritas.

The brand new spot will initially open just for dinner, however the pair have plans for lunch and weekend brunch sooner or later.

Calleja and Rojas’ pleasure is contagious as they play off one another’s power describing how the menu will evolve and what will come sooner or later.

“It’s going to be so enjoyable,” says Calleja.

Kolucan might be positioned at 6644 Gateway Ave., Sarasota.

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