After a month of renovations and a complete redesign, The Who @ 67 officially opened for business this week in the spot that housed beloved Biscayne Boulevard bar Kingdom.
General manager Luis Lantigua is finalizing the menu with chef Hamlet Garcia, host of Latin cooking channel V-me Cocina, but he has promised to add his own Latin flare to the sports bar's signature items.
The eight-ounce sirloin burger ($8) that was popular at the old spot will still be available and will come with lettuce, tomato, and onion, with the option of adding cheese and bacon. Other typical bites will include conch fritters, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, and a Philly cheesesteak sandwich (pricing on those items is still being finalized).
But Lantigua hopes his home-cooked meals reflecting his Dominican background will set him apart from other sports bars.
"We're going to have great Latin food. I'll always have rice and beans here," he says.
Lantigua plans to offer a nightly special that will include some type of meat or fish entrée for $7 to 12. Customers will be able to choose two sides among white rice, yellow rice, beans, vegetables, and platanos maduros. His signature dish, however, will be mofongo, a mashed plantain dish that will come with seafood, chicken, beef, or sausage.
The bar will offer only wine and bottled beer, but the beer selection is varied enough -- Red Stripe, Guinness, Stella Artois, Peroni, Corona, Presidente, and Yeungling, to name a few. And happy-hour specials aren't bad either. From 4 to 7 p.m., bottles are two for one.
Although the space is small, Lantigua says he's already drawn crowds through word of mouth. "That's how I want my food to be. It's a mom-and-pop grill -- we're not trying to do anything glamourous."
The bar boasts four HD TV screens showing premium sports channels, and on big game nights, Lantigua plans to extend happy hour. Thursday is poetry night, and a ladies' night will be added soon.