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  • Gorgeous FRIDA nears completion

    FRIDA Southwest, the new American/southwest restaurant and bar by Humankind Hospitality, is in the midst of training and will open later in July in the Paseo District.

    An early look reveals beautiful space with lots of rustic southwestern flair.

    Shaun Fiaccone heads Humankind which also operates Picasso Cafe, The Other Room and OSO, all in the Paseo.

    As you enter, an open dining area is to your left and offers large windows that look out onto the Paseo Neighborhood.

    An expansive oval bar is on the right and features an overhead door opening to the trellised patio with plenty of seating and an outdoor fireplace.

    Bar Manager Gabbi Lee said, "The goal for the bar at FRIDA is to create cocktails that are simultaneously approachable and interesting. They are to be evocative of Frida herself; vibrant in color and flavor, sparking curiosity but also culminating memories of everyone's favorite classics."

    Connected but separate, Lee describes The Daley: "A cozy mid-century art and design bar with incredibly creative libations that are daring and adventurous while providing neighborhood bar hospitality. Hemingway himself would have loved to drink here."

    The Daley also has its own attached patio.

    Chef Ryan Parrot on the menu: "FRIDA encompasses the food and flavors of the southwest. Imagine the circumference of a plate stretching from OKC to Santa Fe to Mexico City and that's where we are."

    Pepita crusted chili relleno with quinoa, heirloom beans and chipotle tomato sauce

    FRIDA Salad. Coconut pepita curch and mango vinagrette.

    Seabass with lobster butter and truffle corn risotto.

    FRIDA and The Daley were designed by Fitzsimmons Architects on the site of a long-vacant lot.

    There is also a rooftop deck that can host up to 70 for private events.

    It will join several recent additions to the red-hot district, including the new Red Rooster, OSO, a remodeled Other Room, Buttermilk Sliders, Holey Rollers and Scratch. Gun Izakaya will also open later this week; more very soon on Gun.

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