counterpart Joe Bonwich reported
yesterday on a new restaurant coming to the former Blockbuster space near the intersection of Olive Boulevard and Chesterfield Parkway West in Chesterfield: Fiesta Modern Mexican
(No relation to Milagro Modern Mexican
in Webster Groves, and Milagro owner Adam Tilford
tells the P-D
that there will be no Mangia-esque
controversy about the similar name.)
Today, Gut Check was able to chat with John Signorino
, one of the three partners behind Fiesta.
"We're not putting in the normal Mexican restaurant you see in St. Louis," Signorino says. "We're trying to do a more modern, elegant [restaurant]."
"Not to the point of of white tablecloths," he adds. "We still want a family atmosphere."
The signature décor will be framed prints by contemporary Mexican artists. The menu is still being developed. (The three partners have not, as of yet, hired a head chef.)
This is Signorino's first restaurant. However, one of his fellow partners is also a partner in the Crestwood Mexican restaurant El Agave
; the other, who will manage Fiesta's daily operations, is a native of Mexico and has managed several restaurants in Missouri and Ohio.
Look for Fiesta to open in late January or early February.