While Jason Sheehan is busy building a dream team staff for Ondo's, the tapas restaurant taking over the subterranean space at 250 Steele Street, owner Curt Steinbecker, who trained with his wife, Deicy, at the Escuela de Cocina Luis Irizar, is just trying to get his restaurant open. With any luck, that will happen two weeks from now.
"Things are going according to schedule, and it looks like November 15 will be our first day," says Curt.
When Ondo's opens, the menu will be a combination of tapas, traditional pintxos, cazuelitas, salads, raciones and desserts, with three to five dishes in each category, explains Curt. "My wife is a pastry chef and we definitely want to remind people to save room for desserts," he says. You'll be able to pair those desserts -- torrijas con helado, tarta de manzana con hojaldre and souffle de chocolate con helado -- with a selection of all0 Spanish wines and sherries.
And while Curt and Deicy plan to start slow, with just dinner service, they have plans to add brunch on the weekends -- specifically a rice brunch. "We want to do things like paella," says Curt. "I spent ten years in Spain, and so far we've gotten great response from the people in Cherry Creek who are really excited that we're opening a tapas restaurant in this part of Denver."
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