It’s a lock. One of the longtime Mills 50 District businesses, dating back to before it was Mills 50, or even before the time folks were calling it the ViMi (for Virginia Street and Mills Avenue), Armstrong Lock and Security Products has sold its building and it’s to become a restaurant. The new proprietor is Juan Rios, owner of the Agave Azul Mexican restaurants. The new restaurant, however, will be a different concept, albeit still Mexican. Armstrong still occupies the space and a woman who answered the phone said the staff had not been told when they would vacate (and perhaps move to a new location). I’m sure than when Rios takes over the building, the first thing he’ll want to do is change all the locks.
Over in Audubon Park, a new restaurant called Coro is set to move into the former Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux space that has been empty since November. Coro will be owned by Tim Lovero, who has been cheffing for the Park Lights Hospitality restaurants (Luke’s, Prato). Lovero told the Bungalower’s Brendon O’Connor, who first wrote about Coro, that he expects the restaurant to open in October, “depending on city permitting.” Which means late spring.
Zaza, the Cuban mini chain, is celebrating its 10th anniversary, which is surprising because I have it clocked as 11 years old. Though technically, the restaurant that opened in the fall of 2012 was first called YaYa’s Cuban Cafe & Bakery (and was a second location at that). (It replaced another Cuban restaurant called Tino’s.) The name changed to Zaza New Cuban Diner a few months later because the name YaYa’s was already taken. Now known as Zaza Cuban Comfort Food, it has five “street-side” locations and four coffee shops in local airports, according to the press release announcing its 10th anniversary, even though it’s 11. But hey, I’ve learned it’s never too early to start lying about your age.