The owners of the Buenos Aires Café will open the Fariñas restaurant in the former Mango Peruvian Cuisine space this spring
In late March or early April, Buenos Aires Café owners Oscar and Ainara Fariña will open a new concept in the former Mango Peruvian Cuisine space (1001 Washington Ave.) called Fariñas Restaurant. Oscar Fariña described the restaurant as an “open concept steakhouse”.
“The meats we’ll be cooking will be Argentinian-style on something we call a stone grill,” Fariña explained. “My other restaurant has some of the concepts – Gauchos Steakhouse in Fairview Heights. We’re going to focus on steaks, but do foods from all over. It’s a good steakhouse with a different variety of foods from around the world.
Fariña emphasized that the restaurant will be a family affair. “It’s a project between two brothers,” he said. “Me and my brother [Oswaldo] are united forces. He’s a very capable chef and he’s moving from Vegas to St. Louis so he can do a restaurant with me. Fariña added that he was from Miami and his wife, Ainara, would own alongside him and Oswaldo.
Fariña said he was looking for a location on Washington Avenue and this space stood out because it was previously a restaurant, which made the transition easier. “There are sort of two different dining rooms. One looks more like a bar and the other looks more spacious,” Fariña said. “We are going to separate it, like two concepts in the same restaurant. One will be a little more upscale, and the other will look like a bar. He added that the bar will have televisions, but the dining room will not.
At the moment, the Fariñas are planning dinner service from Tuesday to Saturday. “We are struggling to hire people. We don’t even know if we will have a bartender,” Fariña said. But once the bar is up and running, they offer wine, beer, margaritas, sangria, and cocktails.