By Joe Ray
The Txikito gang has been doing some early Christmas shopping. Alex Raij and Eder Montero, the couple who made Chelsea a better place by opening both Txikito and El Quinto Pino, signed a lease on Monday for a new Brooklyn restaurant, La Vara, slated to open in early 2012.
Located in the spot recently vacated by the ill-fated Breuckelen restaurant at 268 Clinton St. - next to the lovely Ted & Honey Café - Raij says the cuisine will be “Spanish food seen through its Moorish and Jewish roots.”
The food will be a mix of small plates and shareable larger dishes.
“The basis will be home cooking, not the traditional ‘meat, starch, veg,’” says Raij.
Who’ll be running the line? “We will, for now,” she says.
Somewhere in there, Raij will also be having a baby.
“We did our last opening like that,” she jokes.
Why change now?
Food and travel writer and photographer Joe Ray is the 2009 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year and author of the blog Eating The Motherland. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter: @joe_diner.