Thursday, February 10, 2011

Major changes at Il Postino

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

I just got off the phone with Il Postino event and marketing director Shelby Pywell, who offered quite an update on changes at the eatery.

I took this photo back when Il Postino had its soft opening. Perry Sanders, who is the 90 percent partner in the hotel venture, is on the right. Raphael Sassower, the 10 percent partner, is enjoying the wine. With these new changes at Il Postino (strength in the kitchen), Sassower has taken a step back from the dining room, where hes recently spent long hours.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • I took this photo back when Il Postino had its soft opening. Perry Sanders, who is the 90 percent partner in the hotel venture, is on the right. Raphael Sassower, the 10 percent partner, is enjoying the wine. With new changes at Il Postino, Sassower has taken a step back from the dining room, where he's recently spent long hours.

In case you're late to the party, we're talking about the first phase of the new Mining Exchange Hotel project, which will be a Wyndham Grand hotel.

Everything's pretty much on schedule for that venture to open sometime this summer, but everything you might have come to know about Il Postino has changed, and remains in transition for now.

Here's the deal as it affects you:

• Longtime Blue Star star James Davis has finally resurfaced following his brief foray into crepes, as the the current sous chef at Il Postino.

• The outfit has also hired a new head chef named Seles Bowser. Bowser brings both Louisiana and Las Vegas experience with him, and his new menu debuts tonight. He'll likely become the hotel at-large's food and beverage director down the road.

Take a look at the menu here:
menu.pdf

As you can see, the healthy-eating focus — the linchpin of Il Postino's original concept — has been somewhat subverted. But prices remain generally affordable still, with "tapatizers" and an obvious Cajun/Southern influence. And look: a $39 bone-in filet for the high rollers.

• Structurally, a wall has been knocked down and a small stage area has been added, complete with a piano.

• And here's where the plans get a bit murky and remain tentative, but Pywell says there's a good chance that Il Postino will re-brand and turn into X300, the restaurant that was originally slated to be inside the hotel one building away.

The plans for X300 still include a concept built around 100 tapas, 100 wines by the glass and 100 beers.

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