Pushing to be fully operational by the first Friday in May, “at the latest,” Taverna Costera and sibling venture Dragon’s Alley Coffee Co. are confidently promising Arts District visitors they will be able to host Mother’s Day brunch on the rooftop or out on the courtyard patio.
Developed by local entrepreneur Jeff Hwang and very unlucky to begin construction during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, Taverna Costera will soon become the dining centerpiece of the 1st & Main mixed-use complex at 1031 S. First St.
Overseen by chef Ray Samlow, the self-described “Coastal Mediterranean fusion” restaurant’s original plans included a nine-seat bar and room for 42 people inside, serving a menu inspired by “coastal French, Italian, Spanish, and Greek cuisines and beyond.”
On the ground floor, Dragon’s Alley Coffee Co. has taken its cue from European coffee shops and expects to be open daily from 7 a.m. until late, featuring cold brew coffee, boba drinks, and fine teas, plus a fast-casual menu for to-go orders.
Facing First Street, the two-story, 4,124-square-foot building was designed with 16-foot ceilings and 14-foot tall windows. In the future, Hwang also envisages a bar addition to the rooftop and a small stage to host live entertainment.