UPTOWN — Uptown's new Oaxacan restaurant, Kie-Gol-Lanee, will open Friday just two months after taking over the space, owners say.
The restaurant at 5004 N. Sheridan Road was formerly Riques Cocina Mexicana, which shuttered at the end of July when its owner Enrique Cortez got burned out running the spot alone.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Cortez said.
On weekdays, the restaurant will only be open for dinner from 5 - 10 p.m., he said.
Kie-Gol-Lanee, which means "old stone," features a "very traditional Oaxacan" menu, said Cortez, who reneged on plans to "change gears" and pursue teaching the culinary arts after seeing the menu.
It features complex dishes including tlayuda, sometimes referred to as Mexican pizza, he said. Tlayuda consists of a large, fried or toasted tortilla spread with refried beans, salsa, cheese and meat.
Chilacoyote, a type of squash that can be cooked several ways, is used as an ingredient. Cortez said its taste is similar to watermelon.
Appetizers will range from $4 to $12. The main courses will range from $12 to $17, he said.
The owners of the new spot are originally from Oaxaca, a state in Southwest Mexico, where mescal originated. The Sheridan Road spot will be BYOB, but the hope is to add mescal to the menu eventually, Cortez said.
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