Former Border Grill chef and general manager, Mike Minor and Kent Harman, announced their solo restaurant project earlier this year and the chef has been sharing photos of the rapidly accelerating project. Bandito Latin Kitchen & Cantina had once hoped for a late 2016 arrival, but is on target for an early 2017 debut.
The scratch-built, 4,000-square-foot concept will sit at the corner of Howard Hughes Pkwy. and Flamingo Rd., the end section of an eventual 14,160-square-foot complex hosting seven tenant spaces and future Japanese restaurant, H20 Sushi & Izakaya.
Current construction gives a hint of the distinctive angled roof that will sit above the 2,000-square-foot patio. The "Mexicue" restaurant will be open for lunch, dinner and late night dining, built around an open kitchen to allow guests to watch all the meats be cooked and smoked.
Already envisaged for the menu, burnt end burritos, smoked chicken enchiladas and al pastor sopes with "crispy corn masa, al pastor meat, guacamole and habanero pineapple salsa." Tacos, salads, ceviche will join a centerpiece dish, paella created with "seafood, Spanish chorizo, saffron rice, veggies, roasted jalapeño aioli and smoked paprika."