One of the most anticipated new restaurants of 2014 quietly opens this week. Chef Antonio Park made the announcement yesterday on social media (note the hashtag #softopening).
ICYMI, Lavanderia, whose partners include Park investors Jeffrey Baikowitz and Jeffrey Hart, is the Chopped Canada judge's nod to a childhood spent in his parent's stonewash denim business in South America.
Remember stonewashed jeans in the 1980s?
"My parents used to have a laundry business in South America. Remember stonewashed jeans in the 1980s? They made those. This was in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. They had many employees and made like 80,000 washes a day for Lee and Wrangler. So Lavanderia will be an ode to my childhood."
The Westmount kitchen at 374 Victoria will churn out a carne-centric menu and make use of traditional methods. As Park wrote earlier this fall:
Asado? Parrillada completa? Chorizo de casa?
"Asado? Parrillada completa? Chorizo de casa? Ensaladas, pickles, kimchis? Pescados frescas? ALL GRILLED IN BINCHOTAN CHARCOAL? "LAVANDERIA" opening in October 2014!!!! #asado #chimichurri #parrillada #completa #mandioca #pescado #chorizo #porelamordecocinar"
Park patrons have had to wait longer than anticipated for the homage to the chef's Latin roots but Lavanderia is here, if not unofficially. And, bonus, just as Park's other new restaurant, Jatoba, hits the scene in Downtown Montreal.
More meaty Lavanderia food hints from the man who feeds P. K. Subban here.
Addendum, December 12: We have a visual of Lavanderia's interior, courtesy Park's Instagram profile.