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Dec 7, 2013
06:47 AMThe Connecticut Table
Aarón Sánchez Will Soon Have an Outpost in Stamford
Celebrity chef and “heat seeker” Aarón Sánchez will soon be coming to Connecticut. The restaurateur, TV personality, author and entrepreneur is opening a restaurant and cocktail lounge in Stamford next spring, where the Beer Garden at Harbor Point used to be. This is exciting news for foodies. Sánchez is the visionary behind Crossroads at House of Blues venues across the country, Tacombi Tacqueria in New York City and chef/owner of Mestizo, his legendary restaurant in Kansas City, as well as being a fixture on the Food Network, starring on “Chopped,” “Heat Seekers” and “The Best Thing I ever Ate.”
He’s the son of celebrated cooking authority Zarela Martinez, and has written two cookbooks of his own, La Comida del Barrio, in 2003, and Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours.
The new yet to be named eatery will be a high-end Mexican-inspired restaurant, cocktail and wine lounge, according to ctbites.com. It’s just the latest addition to the burgeoning city-within-a-city that is Stamford’s Harbor Point redevelopment.
Celebrity chefs seem to be targeting Connecticut with increasing regularity of late, with the openings of Tarry Lodge (Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich) and Shake Shack (Danny Meyer) in Westport, and the much-anticipated advent of Primary Food & Drink this winter in Greenwich from Graham Elliot, FOX’s “MasterChef” and owner of two oft-touted eponymously named restaurants in Chicago.
Until recently, these bold-name chefs have tended to concentrate on the casinos, with Bobby Flay (Bar Americain), Todd English (Tuscany) and Jasper White (Summer Shack) establishing beachheads at Mohegan Sun, and David Burke (Prime) and Tom Colicchio (Craftsteak) at Foxwoods (though The Day reported today that the latter is pulling up stakes there by the end of the year). The only other exception we can think of is English’s short-lived foray in Westport with Miramar back in 2003.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story erroneously gave the name of Sanchez's new restaurant as Alegre. The name has not been chosen yet.Aarón Sánchez Will Soon Have an Outpost in Stamford