Shawn Cirkiel’s hotly anticipated Spanish tapas venture, Bullfight, officially opens on Tuesday, September 8. The 100-guest space is warm with brick, stucco, tiles, and steel details. The courtyard patio, blocked off from the street with a tile wall, features an olive tree.
Influenced by Spain, the menu centers on tapas like bacon-wrapped dates and marinated olives served street-style in paper cones and shareable entrees that range from small to large, such as roasted mushrooms with egg yolk and lamb burgers with mint and yogurt. For drinks, there will be cocktails (sangria included) and a wine list, with dedicated sections for sherry and vermouth. Desserts will be whipped up by Parkside Projects pastry chef and Red Star Southern’s Erica Waksmunski. Brunch is in the works.
This is Cirkiel’s fourth currently-operating restaurant, along with Parkside, Olive & June, and The Backspace. He helmed the opening of Chavez in the Radisson, but left earlier this year. Bullfight will open at 5 p.m. every night.