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Fonda Chef to Open La Botaneria Eatery in Park Slope

By Leslie Albrecht | September 3, 2013 1:15pm
 Chef Roberto Santibañez has quietly announced a fall opening for a "fun small concept bar/restaurant."
Fonda Chef Opening La Botaneria Eatery in Park Slope
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PARK SLOPE — He won't reveal the whole enchilada yet, but chef Roberto Santibañez is tempting foodies with bite-size morsels of information about the new eatery he's opening soon in Park Slope.

The chef and owner of Fonda restaurant — which has locations on the Lower East Side and in Park Slope — has quietly announced on social media that he's opening a third establishment called La Botaneria this fall.

In a Facebook post seeking employees for La Botaneria, Santibañez described the new venture as a "fun small concept bar/restaurant." It will open in the former Beer Table space at 427 Seventh Ave. between 14th and 15th streets. The cozy space, which previously held just three communal tables, is almost directly across the street from the often-crowded Fonda.

A spokesman said it's too early to reveal La Botaneria's menu, "concept" and exact opening date, but added that those details will come to light in a few weeks.

Until then, fans of Santibañez's "haute" Mexican fare will have to sate themselves with the  Twitter and Instagram feeds for La Botaneria. Santibañez has been posting photos of the new space's renovation, including one picture that shows a menu, though the print is too small to read.

Those who want to try their hand at homemade Fonda-style food can sign up for the Sept. 14 Men's Health "cooking school" event at the Institute of Culinary Education, where Santibañez will be sharing his skills with the public.