Critiques, Cravings and Conundrums From the Madison Food and Dining Scene
May 24, 2010
02:52 PMSmall Dishes
A new “gastro cantina” right here in Madison called King & Mane just opened. Located downtown at the junction of King and Main Streets, it’s a joint venture by Patrick O’Halloran (Lombardino’s and The Old Fashioned) and Michael Banas (Lombardino’s) who hope to charm this corner that has housed a series of to date unsuccessful restaurants, most recently the Local Tavern.
So what exactly is a Gastro Cantina? Its roots are in the wine bar, a gastronomic institution in Europe. Most bars everywhere serve some food, but more often than not, sandwiches or snacks. Some smart person came up with the idea of taking a mainly-for-drinking establishment and adding many wines by the glass and relatively simple but upscale food service: the wine bar. More recently in London, the concept was applied to the venerable pub. Dubbed the “gastro pub”, it features many beers on draft and food fit for a gourmet served in a traditional public house setting.
The food, drinks and atmosphere at King & Mane are reminiscent of a gastro pub but with a Spanish and Mexican spin. Sound like a tapas bar? Not really. Tapas are small plates which King & Mane will serve, but also full meals at lunch, dinner and brunch on Saturday. To check out the menu go HERE.