Top Chef Season 15 alum — sorry, bear! — Tyler Anderson recently made an exciting announcement. (No, he isn't opening a restaurant called The Bear Den. Though that's not a bad idea.) Anderson and his team are actually venturing into the hotel scene, taking over food and beverage at the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut. Included in the takeover? Rebranding the Goodwin's restaurant and bar to Porrón & Piña.
About the restaurant, Porrón.
The James Beard Award nominee and former cheftestant said in a press release he shared with The Feast that "it's not easy" to find the perfect executive chef with "the skills needed to deliver the level of quality we intend on having for the restaurant," but chef Chris Bateman fits the bill.
On the menu spearheaded by Bateman, guests can expect to find Spanish-influenced tapas made with New England ingredients. A charcuterie-packed "ham bar" and 60 wine options will also be featured.
About the bar, Bar Piña.
Artisanal coffee shop by day and swanky cocktail bar by night, Bar Piña will be what Anderson is calling a "multifaceted operation." The morning menu will consist of your typical coffee bar fare including freshly made juices, doughnuts, and breakfast sandwiches.
The evening menu, on the other hand, will be all about elevated cocktails crafted by Tim Cabrel with a unique twist: Vermouth made in-house.
"This is a real opportunity for us to help further put the Connecticut dining scene on the map," Anderson said. He and his group also plan to open an accredited Hospitality and Culinary management school at the Goodwin.
Mazel to the Top Chef family member on his latest move!
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