Urbain 40, the “American Brasserie and Lounge” that is going in to the former Cantina Laredo space at the Dellagio, has announced November 8 for its opening date. It will open for dinner only at first with plans for lunch hours sometime later.
As announced earlier, the restaurant is being developed by Orlando attorney Jaafer Choufani, son of longtime area restaurateur Rashid Choufani. (The elder Choufani specified when Urbain was announced in July that because of a noncompete clause he has with Disney, where his Paradiso 37 restaurant is currently undergoing expansion at Disney Springs, he is not involved with the Restaurant Row project.)
Urbain is the French spelling of urban; the 40 apparently refers to the 1940s. The restaurant’s website — presently a single page that doesn’t offer much information, let alone a menu — describes it as a “1940s neighborhood eatery” with an atmosphere “reminiscent of the big band era.” A couple of photos depict a charcuterie platter and a skillet of moules frites, but few other clues to the cuisine of chef Jean-Stephane Poinard except to call it “inspired by American and continental classics.” But it looks like the “American Brasserie and Lounge” will have a French vibe. It will be interesting to see how that all comes together because, if I’m not mistaken, France wasn’t a particularly festive place in the 1940s.
Here’s hoping it all comes together nicely. It will be good to see another independent restaurant open in that area. Among Urbain 40’s neighbors are Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Dragonfly, Peperoncino Cucina and the Pharmacy.