has been one of ourfavorite watering holes
since it opened its doors in 2009 -- in part because it makes an
. Still, on nights when we're bellied up to that bar, we always lament the fact that we have to wander down the block to find food.
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Luckily, Tooey's is about to get a next-door neighbor that will require us to stumble only a couple of feet to quell our drunken munchies.
Soon, the space that shares the building will become Taita, a Peruvian restaurant and bar under chef Jose Arapicio, who's been cooking for more than twenty years. According to the new spot's website, the restaurant will feature a "new Peruvian menu with a touch of American influence." We're hoping for Peruvian empanadas, ceviche and Pisco, a Peruvian spirit, since Taita has also applied for a tavern liquor license and goes before the city on February 8.
Details are still sparse on exactly what Taita will serve or look like inside, but a bartender at Tooey's tells us the place should open in just two to three weeks.