After 3 successful years in South Norwalk, the team fromThe Spreadhas just announced that they have signed a lease in the SoNo Ironworks complex. In early 2016 an exciting new restaurant concept will be coming to CT diners. The name is El Segundo and the idea is simple. Spread owners Christpher Hickey, Christopher Rasile, Andrey Cortes, and Shawn Longyear alongside Chef Carlos Baez have created a menu that features street food from around the globe that everyone loves to eat: tacos, arepas, ceviche, Asian bao, light salads and a little comfort food thrown in for good measure. The setting is casual and fun, with a price point that will make diners in South Norwalk smile. And the bar? Let’s just say these guys know a thing or two about bartending.
Directly across from Harlan Publick, El Segundo is poised to deliver a uniquely fun dining experience to Fairfield County. The restaurant features an open kitchen with bar seating, allowing diners to watch Chef Carlos as he re-creates dishes from his childhood, including his father’s recipe for Tacos Al Pastor. Large windows make this space light and airy and garage doors will open up to the Ironworks courtyard in the warmer months.
When asked about the interior, Co-owner Chris Hickey says, “We want people to feel the authenticity of being in another country and tasting their local foods. The design will reflect this.” “We are serving simple street food, nothing fancy.” In keeping with this sentiment, “El Segundo will use all disposable, compostable, and biodegradable serving-ware, no actual plate ware or silverware. If it's served on a skewer on the streets of Hong Kong, that's what you'll get. If it’s served in an aluminum foil wrapper in Mexico City, sure; bamboo bowl in Vietnam? You got it," says Hickey.
Why a second location in South Norwalk? Hickey says, “We really believe in the resurgence of SoNo. We have great neighbors in Washington Prime and Harlan Publick and are excited about newcomers like Mecha. Plus, the proximity to the Maritime/IMAX is a perfect fit for us as El Segundo will be both family friendly and affordable.”
El Segundo will complement what this team is already doing at The Spread. This means lunch will be a big draw, with quick turnaround times for local business people and families in a hurry.
We look forward to the opening of El Segundo in January 2016, and will keep you posted on the build out and opening details.