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EatBeat: Mancini’s Closes on Las Olas; Owner Opening Eastward with M-Bar Farm-to-Table

May 25th, 2011 · No Comments

Future home of M-Bar on Las Olas

Mancini’s Italian restaurant on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale closed last week so owner Jack Mancini will have time to work on his newest concept, a farm-to-table restaurant called M-Bar.

He’s purposefully locating it on east Las Olas, next to the newly opened Rocco’s Tacos, saying through his publicist that the other side of Las Olas is already played out and that the foodies and social types will begin to gravitate toward this end of the road.

The preview release on the M-Bar lists these as parts of the concept restaurant/bar: Global tapas, farm-to-table, craft beers, gourmet burgers and sliders, small plates, bar snacks.

‘Global tapas’

Some of the dishes mentioned so far include maple-glazed crispy pork belly with sauerkraut and jalapeno applesauce; cured Spanish mackerel with watermelon rind, cuke relish, olive oil and pea greens, flatbreads like artichoke puree with pancetta, Kalamata olives, chile flakes and mozzarella cheese. Enrobed chocolate mousse with ancho caramel and banana cake with coconut sorbet and peanut streusel are desserts.

As for the drink staff, they get creative with -ologists, etc.: bar chefs, mixologists, cocktailians, shotologists. They’ll be pouring classic and nouveau cocktails using fresh fruit infusions, herbs and spices, agave nectar, fresh fruit and vegetables juices and top shelf liquors.

The publicist describes the design as reminiscent of the Meatpacking District in New York City.

Shotologists? Cocktailians? Trekkies, get out your notebooks…

All this goes down in June, when M-Bar plans to open at 1301 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Mancini’s will reopen in August, next door to M-Bar, with a “new look and feel.”


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