A new Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar, Tito's Ceviche & Pisco (5015 Magazine St., 504-267-7612; www.titoscevichepisco.com), scheduled to open Aug. 14, will specialize in traditional Peruvian dishes.
Owners Juan Lock and his wife, Tatiana, are behind the eatery. Lock will run the kitchen along with his sous chef Nanyo Dominguez Cervantes, who previously worked at Johnny Sanchez.
Lock says the menu will reflect the South American country's myriad culinary influences, including Japanese, Chinese and Spanish.
Featured dishes include ceviche and lomo saltado, which is sauteed beef tenderloin strips and onions served with crispy potatoes. Several ceviche preparations with marinated raw seafood such as salmon, tuna, snapper and Gulf fish will be offered daily.
The menu also includes duck confit with cilantro rice and salsa criolla, braised lamb shank with a canary bean stew, whipped potato causas topped with everything from octopus or Louisiana crabmeat, and a seafood-packed arroz con mariscos cooked in an aji amarillo pepper broth, similar to Spanish paella.
The bar focuses on pisco, a spirit similar to brandy. Lock says the bar will offer every Peruvian pisco available from distributors in the United States, roughly 50 varieties.
The restaurant takes over the empty space formerly occupied by chef Sue Zemanick's short-lived small plates concept, Ivy, which closed in 2015.
Lock, who originally is from Lima, Peru, opened several restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when he first moved to the U.S., but has resided in New Orleans for nearly two decades.