Mexican restaurant Montrose expands into now-closed Max’s Wine dive space

Cuchara, the Mexico City-themed restaurant at 214 Fairview in Montrose, is about to expand. Owner Ana Beave she said and her partner Charlie McDaniel bought out the lease from Lasco Enterprises Max’s Wine Dive the next door. According to Beaven, the deal was finalized on Wednesday, August 31.

This, of course, means the Montrose location of Max’s Wine Dive is closed, leaving only the original at 4720 Washington Avenue. It is owned by Lasco Enterprises and is closely monitoring the closure of its last The Tasting Room wine barwhich was located in CityCentre.

Max’s Wine Dive on Fairview in Montrose. File photo courtesy of Max’s Wine Dive.

At press time, the Lasco Enterprises website was not loading due to an error, but the Max’s Wine Dive website indicates that the Fairview location has been removed. At that time, she and Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden in San Antonio are the only remaining restaurants of Lasco Enterprises. We have asked the company’s public relations representative for comment on the sale of the lease, as well as the future of the original Max’s Wine Dive on Washington, and will update this article if we receive the information.

While that means one less restaurant in Montrose, it’s an exciting opportunity for Beaven and McDaniel. “We will be expanding Cuchara, as well as adding a private room and party room for wedding receptions and other events. We will be using it for our next 10 year anniversary party on September 15 and then closing it for a major refurbishment,” she said, adding that she cannot predict when the refurbishment will be complete for the moment. Once complete, Cuchara will also benefit from a private dining room that can accommodate 20-25 people.

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Ana Beaven and Charlie McDaniel at Cuchara’s 9th birthday party in 2021. Courtesy photo.

Beaven’s sister, Cecilia, is an artist whose contributions have greatly defined Cuchara’s look and brand image. While Beaven says her sister isn’t currently available to decorate the old Max’s due to teaching at the Art Institute of Chicago, she hopes Cecilia will have some time to decorate the space with a party. of his signature, Mexican-inspired art next year.

This is the second major development from Beaven and McDaniel in recent weeks. They are also opening Cucharita, a cozy breakfast restaurant also offering caviar service and cocktails, at 315 Fairview. The space was once home to Pepper Twins. At the moment, Beaven plans to open with a full breakfast menu on October 1, although a speakeasy event to launch its caviar service is planned for September 29. Served with the caviar are mini corn cakes, corn pancakes, corn flan and corn macaron shells. for guests to make their own caviar-filled creations.

Cucharita’s opening celebration (which is on the same day as Cuchara’s 10th anniversary) includes live musical performances of “Fly Sweet Bird to the land of no return.” Composer Macarena Palazuelos Romero performs live alongside the soprano Priscilla Salisbury and cellists Cony Knight and Miriam Salinas.

According to Romero, the story is that of a bird leaving its home in search of its wings. Along the way, different natural scenarios that challenge the bird to face its fears and ego. “My friend Julio Moreno owns a theater in Mexico City called The Vault and created the visual concept for it,” Beaven explained. Moreno will also be present.

Beaven publishes the performance schedule and details on how to reserve a spot next week. Those who want to be among the first to receive this information would do well to sign up for Cuchara emails. Beaven expects all performance times to sell out very quickly.

After the first party, on September 18, Cucharita organizes a “Girlie Market” in the new space from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “We invited a girl from CDMX (Mexico City) whose company is called “3 Hermanas Brand” and the artisan Bertha Medina,” Beaven said. “We’ll have vintage stuff and a dried flower bar from Ponderosa, along with coffees, cocktails, breads, cakes, salsas and marmalades. people to come see the space and be part of the opening.

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