Chef and restaurateur Michael Serpa opened Grand Tour in the Back Bay a mere month ago, but he already has his sights set on another project.
Atlántico, a seafood-focused cafe and tapas bar highlighting food and wine from the Iberian Peninsula, will open in the former Southern Proper space in the South End this spring. While a full menu has yet to be nailed down, dishes will be primarily inspired by Spanish and Portuguese cuisine: pintxos, jamón ibérico, tinned seafood, and paella. A 20-seat bar will pour craft cocktails with an emphasis on gin, sherry, and vermouth, along with Spanish and Portuguese wines.
Each one of Serpa’s projects has its own razor-sharp focus. His Back Bay restaurant, Select Oyster Bar, revolves around seafood, a substantial raw bar, and mostly French wines, though some Spanish and Portuguese bottles make an appearance on the wine list. The cycle-themed Grand Tour concentrates on Parisian bistro fare and American wine. Neither restaurant offers coffee — another stark difference from Atlántico.
On weekday mornings, Atlántico will serve coffee from Ipswich-based Little Wolf Coffee Roasters. Breakfast will also feature housemade pastries, breakfast sandwiches, fresh juices, and smoothies, while weekend brunch will enter the mix once it opens. A seasonal patio will open up in warmer weather.
Stay tuned for more information on Atlántico, and follow the forthcoming restaurant on Instagram at @atlanticoboston.
Atlántico; 600 Harrison Ave., Boston; atlanticoboston.com; opening spring 2020