Rosa Mexicano plans to open in spring 2022 at 51 Isham Road in Blue Back Square.
By Ronni Newton
Rosa Mexicano chose West Hartford’s Blue Back Square for the brand’s first foray into Connecticut, bringing their “iconic upscale dining experience that honors Mexican heritage, culinary techniques and global inspirations” to the space prominent at 51 Isham Road, opposite the Cheesecake Factory.
“We are thrilled to be an integral part of West Hartford’s Blue Back Square,” Jim Dunn, CEO of Rosa Mexicano Restaurants, said in an announcement Monday. “Vibrant, sophisticated and diverse, this community is a perfect match for the ‘high fiesta’ that Rosa Mexicano has been offering her patrons since 1984. We look forward to warmly welcoming all who come to see what our special brand of Mexican food is. about.”
Rosa Mexicano first made her mark on the New York City culinary scene on the Upper East Side. They currently have locations in New York’s Lincoln Center and the Union Square area. The brand has since grown with locations in New Jersey, Boston and National Harbor in Maryland.
Inspired by the visions of founder Josefina Howard, who first brought her unique version of fine Mexican cuisine to New York City in 1984, Rosa Mexicano offers dishes from different regions of Mexico, which, combined with modern touches, offer to the guests a “fun and unique culinary journey. “Fresh guacamole prepared next to the table and an iconic house mole sauce that simmers for three days and includes 26 ingredients are flagship offerings presented in a menu that incorporates classic dishes with more contemporary and adventurous tastes from all over Mexico.
Rosa Mexicano is also known for her wide array of tequila and mezcals, highlighted by a frozen pomegranate margarita that has developed a “best grade” reputation.
The interior of the new restaurant will be as lively as the food and drink. Rosa Mexicano is known for her ‘dramatic, elegant and architectural interiors that are unmistakably festive and electric. The Otomi gods, powerful symbols of fertility that the inhabitants of Puebla worshiped in order to coax a bountiful harvest, are prominently displayed in their restaurants.
Paul Brandes, director of Charter Realty & Development, owner of Blue Back Square, said he was delighted to welcome Rosa Mexicano to Connecticut. “Rosa Mexicano’s flair for serving authentic Mexican cuisine in an upscale and elegant atmosphere has made her a longtime staple of the New York restaurant scene,” he said. “We couldn’t be happier that Blue Back Square is home to Rosa’s first location in Connecticut. We know the local community will love their contemporary take on authentic Mexican cuisine.
The Blue Back Square space has been vacant since Bar Louie’s abrupt closure in January 2020 amid a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
Charter Realty purchased the mall in partnership with Rialto Capital in May 2021.
“This is the first of several new additions that we are poised to make to Blue Back as we expand our range of unique food, retail and entertainment offerings,” added Brandes.
For more information on Blue Back Square, visit www.bluebacksquare.com.
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