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The Scoop: Mike Randolph to open Público, a Mexican gastropub in The Loop

February 28th 04:02pm, 2014

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{Mike Randolph, center}

 

Mike Randolph, owner of The Good Pie and Half & Half has announced plans to open a Mexican gastropub called Público at 6679 Delmar Blvd., in The Loop. The new spot, reminiscent of Randolph’s former restaurant-within-a-restaurant, Medianoche, is two doors down from The Good Pie, which reopened just days ago.

Randolph has already signed the lease and has enlisted the work of SPACE Architects + Design to renovate the former D-Zine hair salon. “The space became available,” Randolph said. “[Currently] we’re not doing fine dining, and I thought it would be good to diversify.”

The hair salon will be transformed into an intimate wood-paneled space that will seat 50 to 55 patrons. Unlike most commercial kitchens, Público won’t have a gas line, stove or convection oven. “Everything will be cooked in an open-wood hearth,” Randolph said. “It’s all walls and fire.”

Randolph plans to serve lunch and dinner featuring Medianoche favorites plus new items prepared by Dale Beauchamp, former chef de cuisine from Randolph’s now-shuttered Little Country Gentleman. Diners can expects tacos with fillings such as beef tongue, pork belly, carne asada and al pastor on house-made corn tortillas.

The expanded dinner menu will include the taco-centric lunch items, as well as six to eight appetizers and “interesting” seared tuna, masa dumplings with mushrooms, pozole, chicken liver and more. Entrees will include more sophisticated dishes such as dry-aged, bone-in roasted rib-eye, whole roasted fish and other heartier south-of-the-border entrees.

On beverage side, Randolph envisions an extensive bar at Público. “A lot of whiskey – scotch, bourbon – as well as tequila and mescals,” he said. “We’re not going to be a 10-margaritia place.”

As for Half & Half, Randolph said he has no plans to change current hours of operation or create a distinct evening concept for the Ladue breakfast and brunch spot. Look for Público to open doors in July.

 

 

 

By Ligaya Figueras

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One Response to “The Scoop: Mike Randolph to open Público, a Mexican gastropub in The Loop”

  1. Openings: Mike Randolph Opens The Good Pie And Announces Plans For Another Concept On Delmar, Doors Open At New Urban Chestnut Bierhall – Alive Magazine Blog Says:
    March 5th, 2014 at 6:02 am

    […] Público, that will be located just two doors down the street from The Good Pie. As reported by Sauce Magazine late last week, the Mexican gastropub concept is expected to be open for business by July of this […]

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