Piripi is coming to the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables

08/08/2014 11:28 AM

08/08/2014 2:44 PM

Piripi, a new restaurant serving Spanish cuisine, is coming to the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables.

Opening in late October, the 200-seat indoor-outdoor restaurant at 320 San Lorenzo Ave., is taking the space formerly occupied by an art gallery, and before that, CG Burgers.

Piripi is Spanish slang for “happy” or “tipsy,” or “feeling a little bit buzzed” according to restaurant owner Gus Abalo, who is bringing Spanish-Basque chef Najat Kaanache to Miami.

Of Moroccan descent, Kaanache was born and raised in San Sebastian, Spain and enjoyed a career as a Spanish television actress and activist, before deciding to attend culinary school. She honed her skills at such high profile restaurants as Noma, French Laundry, Per Se, and Alinea and El Bulli.

Piripi said its menu will include the chef’s take on Spanish standards – with heavy emphasis on seafood, as well as a selection of “lively” tapas and paellas. The prominent central bar will feature Spanish wines by the glass as well as a selection of “gin tonics,” the restaurant said.

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