After a bit of a delayed start, al Lado has become La Biblioteca, a fun, relaxed tequila library and lounge modeled after celebrity chef Richard Sandoval's concept by the same name in New York City. The renovations include marble-topped tables, studded leather furniture, and uniquely designed exposed brick. The new space incorporates elements like desks, globes, and even lockers (for tequila storage) that nod to its literary name.
La Biblioteca will serve an extensive collection of Sandoval's hand-chosen tequilas, some of which are aged up to 250 years. Much like the whiskey bottle program at Rackhouse Pub, patrons can check out bottles of tequila and store their selections in a personal locker to sip upon their return. In total, La Biblioteca will boast a spirits list of more than 350 tequilas, mezcals, and other agave spirits. The new, casual concept will be a more affordable little brother restaurant to Zengo, with a more casual menu that will feature Latin American and Asian-inspired dishes ranging from sushi and wok creations, to ceviche and tacos.
La Biblioteca officially opens to the public this Saturday November 9. The restaurant will be open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Daily happy hour will last from 4 to 7 p.m. Late night hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight.
In the spring, La Biblioteca plans to install a new patio.