Cultura, which will serve small plates from a variety of Latin regions, including Spain and the countries of Central and South America, will open next summer, Westword reported. The upcoming restaurant is a project from the team behind Berkeley's El Chingon, Lorenzo Nunez the owner and chef David Lopez, his nephew. The Mexican restaurant whose Spanish name translates to The Badass opened its doors in 2013 and has quickly gained a loyal following.
The home of Cultura, which is now in the architectural planning stages, is space at the corner of West 16th Avenue and Raleigh Street in the former St. Anthony's Hospital complex, neighboring the brand new Sloan's Lake Tap & Burger. Chef Lopez does not have a menu to share yet but he plans to offer 20 to 25 dishes from three to five Latin cuisines at a time. Every several months, he will switch up the regions and corresponding menus. A strong bar and wine program will complement the food.