First announced last October and initially hoping to debut earlier this year, California import Bobby Mao’s Chinese Kitchen & Mexican Cantina now seems destined to fulfill an updated September opening date.
Recently hiring, creators Bobby and Tina Mao will take over the second-level, 7,000-square-foot shuttered home of Chevys Fresh Mex, next to a main entrance and a Red Robin burger outpost.
New renderings suggest the delays are a result of remodeling the footprint, creating two dining rooms, outfitting a large square bar and lounge, and preparing the roomy, “misted” outdoor “dog-friendly” patio.
The restaurant plans to serve fusion dishes daily from 11 a.m. to close, and feature a Chinese and Mexican lunch menu designed for diners seated in the bar area throughout the day, or the main dining room from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Continuing the style of the original location at the Westfield Mall Palm Desert, the Henderson sequel is self-described as offering “a high end ambient atmosphere with affordable pricing.”
On the future menu, spins on familiar favorites, including Asian tacos and sliders, lettuce wraps, Kung Pao scallops and moo shu pork, plus “flaming fajitas” chimichangas, enchiladas, burritos, and entrees such as slow-roasted pork carnitas. Chinese and Mexican-inspired vegetarian entrees will also be available.