Cedars Tapas Bar, a new Mediterranean small plates eatery, just opened yesterday in Montrose thanks to the family behind popular Lebanese-style Cedars Bakery.
The new restaurant debuted in the spot formerly occupied by Ship & Shield at 403 W. Gray Street. The revamped space boasts a neutral color palette and sleek ultra-mod furnishings including black tufted banquets and plush upholstered bar stools, providing an upscale alternative to the buffet-style Mediterranean joints that have populated the city.
Owner Sam Assi told CultureMap back in February that the restaurant’s aim is to provide “high quality food and presentation,” and that the restaurant was inspired by his annual trips to Lebanon, though the menu will incorporate influences from Spain, Greece, and Turkey. Menu details aren’t yet available as the restaurant’s website is still under construction and its owner unavailable for comment at press time, although earlier this year, Assi teased the concept of “mini lamb chops” as the restaurant’s signature dish. Diners can also look forward to a full bar including boozy brunch to roll out eventually.
Cedars Tapas operates from 5 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and stays open until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Stay tuned for more details on the menu.