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Chef Amar Santana to Open New Restaurant

VACA LARGER Our tastebuds are already tantalizing with the news that just broke today about Chef Amar Santana opening a new restaurant along with Ahmed Labbate at Park Tower, adjacent to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.

The new restaurant will be named Vaca, and is expected to open in summer of 2015…we can’t wait!! They will offer traditional Spanish cuisine with a creative twist and a wide variety of steaks from grass-fed Argentinean beef to true Japanese Kobe. Focusing on small and shared plates, Santana plans to create an adventurous menu including paella, bocadillos (Spanish sandwiches), cured Spanish meats and an assortment of house-made charcuterie. The duo is returning to Costa Mesa three years after opening the successful Laguna Beach restaurant, Broadway by Amar Santana.

Both had worked extensively with Chef Charlie Palmer in New York City before opening Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza in 2007. The restaurant, which will seat 125, will serve lunch and dinner. The décor will feature an open kitchen, a wood-burning grill and two outdoor patios. Continuing the excellence of Broadway’s cocktail program, the bar will specialize in craft cocktails, specialty gin and tonics, house sangrias and unique Spanish wines.

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