Eric Williams, chef/owner at Momocho, is a fairly happy guy. And why wouldn’t he be? He’s got the most amazing modern Mexican restaurant in town (and my personal favorite of anywhere) and is about to really experience just what it means to be busy once Guy’s show, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, airs exposing Momocho to new customers. Oh yeah, and as of last night he signed the papers to finalize the purchase of Happy Dog on West 58 and Detroit, making him the newest tenant in Gordan Square District. And he couldn’t be more excited to be.
According to Williams, he had the opportunity to partner up with his friends, Rini McNulty and Sean Kilbane. The initial plans calls for a clean-up and, as he calls it, small rearrangement of the space all while keeping that old bar/diner/hall feel.
The menu will have just two items: an all-beef Chicago style hot dog and fresh cut fries. But here’s the cool part – you can choose from 50 homemade toppings for your dog. Sure, there will be ketchup, mustard and pickled vegetables. But how about blue cheese cole slaw, chorizo chili, kim chee, cola and soy braised bok choy or vodka sauerkraut? The focus will be on creating a cool corner bar that continues to have live music from both local and national musicians.
There are possible plans for a new name, Williams adds, one that not only captures the venue but also celebrates the history of the neighborhood. The opening is set for October 17.