BRIDGEPORT — One of the most celebrated restaurants in the Bridgeport neighborhood will itself host a celebration, as Nana's marks its eighth anniversary with a party Thursday.
Nana — a Bib Gourmand-winning, family owned Latin restaurant — opened at 3267 S. Halsted St. on Aug. 24, 2009. Exactly eight years to the day, the Solis family will mark the occasion by throwing a party complete with live music, craft cocktails and a buffet featuring a Cuban-style pig roast.
The party will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, with the dinner buffet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a dessert buffet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Throughout the night, the salsa band Contrabanda will play, and salsa dancing is encouraged, said the Solis family, who own the restaurant.
"We have certainly come a long way and lot further in these eight years than ever imagines," Omar Solis, owner of Nana, said in a statement. "What started as a means to save our childhood home in the midst of the financial crisis became a mission to bring good, clean food rooted in our Mexican heritage and presented in a unique and approachable manner to the comunity."
Tickets for the party cost $40 and can be purchased at Nana's website, nanaorganic.com. The ticket includes the meal package plus a cocktail.
Nana's helped pioneer the seasonal, farm-to-table restaurant in the Bridgeport area. Known for mostly organic and locally sourced foods, some of Nana's regular vendors — such as Back of the Yards' the Urban Canopy — will be on site for the party, the restaurant said.
The dinner buffet will include slow-roasted pig, elote-style corn, rice and beans and an apple and fennel salad. The dessert buffet (made by Maria Solis, the eatery's namesake) will include pistachio rum cake, chocolate ganache cake and guava cheesecake.
Nana's pistachio rum cake. [Provided/Nana]