The latest entrant in the Lamorinda wood-fired wars has staked out a claim on Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, and promises to bring Californio-inspired wood-fired foods and traditional tequilas to diners in search of something with some heat under it.
Rancho Cantina plans a bit of a facelift to the existing property at 3616 MDB and a Spring, 2013 opening. A Facebook posting promises their “central location, attentive service, and rustic, artisan-crafted brick patio” will make Rancho Cantina “the city’s newest and most exciting dining destination (and) will be both a neighborhood fixture beloved for its warmth and an inviting gathering spot for friends and families.”
Wow. We appreciate people who aim high.
For foodies in the know, Californio dining has been called “California’s first cuisine.” Rancho Cantina promises to introduce people to “the confluence of Spanish, Mexican, and native Californian influences that create the unique flavors of Rancho fare.” So, a seasonally driven menu featuring fresh, locally produced ingredients and a full bar with “a selection of single village mezcal; estate-grown, añejo, and premium agave and reposado tequilas; hand-crafted margaritas prepared with fresh juices and proprietary syrups and flavorings; an inviting selection of regional draught beers, and wines which pair perfectly with Rancho cuisine.”
Anyone else hungry all of a sudden?
Public records list the owners of the site as Lafayette resident David Mitchell and 3620 Investors, LLC. The owner/applicants have filed a request with the city’s Design Review Commission to consider exterior façade improvements, a variance from the required parking standards, and a sign permit.
The matter comes up for review before the commission Monday, Feb. 25.