It's no surprise La Brasa smells of wood; it's everywhere, from the floor and tables to the walls and ceiling beams, some of which betray charring from a long-ago fire. When the restaurant finally opens — which may happen as soon as Tuesday — that smell will grow stronger as meats, chicken, and more will all be cooked over wood-fueled fires. The decor is rustic, from the old piano by the front door to the mismatched assortment of teacups and mugs. There's a stump serving as a stool, a random stacking of wood blocks at the base of a support column, and a long bar with chairs that evoke memories of the saddle seats kids used to be able to sit on at some old McDonald's locations.
Yesterday afternoon, contractors were putting the finishing touches on the construction of the space, while employees were beginning to polish glasses and silverware. There's still a little bit of work to do, but it's almost time for the paper to come off the windows and for the masses to finally enjoy Daniel Bojorquez' long-awaited cuisine, which will draw influences from Mexico, Peru, the Middle East, France, and beyond. Here's a sneak peek inside the space, which was designed by RODE Architects.
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