The pieces of the Venetian dining puzzle fall into place with the announcement that Chica will officially join the resort in 2017.
Earlier this year, Miami-based 50 Eggs’ founder John Kunkel announced that he was toying with the Latin-influenced Chica to join its sister restaurant Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at the resort.
Top Chef Masters’ chef Lorena Garcia created the menu that includes Latin American cuisine, with influences from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, among others. The Venezuelan-born chef has restaurants in airports in Miami and Atlanta as well as two cookbooks.
Chica takes over the DB Brasserie space after it closes in mid-January.
Chica plans to serve lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch.
Kunkel already has plans to expand Yardbird to Singapore and Dubai as well as Beverly Hills in 2017. London is already on the radar for 2018, and Kunkel is taking a look at locations in Washington, D.C., and New York.
He also has a new fast-casual concept dubbed Spring Chicken that he plans to expand.
In other Yardbird news, contestants on Hell’s Kitchen are vying for a chance to be the head chef at the restaurant.