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Brace For Bracero A Little Bit Longer, Now Opening June 22

The Little Italy restaurant now has a late June due date.

Little Italy's highly-anticipated, upcoming Bracero Cocina de Raiz— the buzzed-about sister restaurant of Romesco's— is now slated to open on June 22, a rep for the Plascencia Group confirms this week.

While no official reason has been given for the delay, here's everything you should know about Bracero right now: The Kettner Street eatery, spanning some 4,800 square-feet and two levels,  is helmed by chef and empire builder Javier Plascencia and pastry chef/Rick Bayless restaurant group alum Janina Garay. The casual ground floor will feature a long dining bar and raw/ceviche bar, multiple wells for cocktail service and a taco area with fresh-made tortillas and meats on vertical spits. The upstairs dining room and bar will be a tad more formal (and available by-reservation only) with an open kitchen featuring a Caja China roasting box, custom made by Planet Rooth.

As for the menu, expect a broader picture of what Mexican food is, meaning authentic, well-prepared food. Plascnencia recently rolled out at a sneak peek dinner featuring the likes of his grandmother's dry aged beef recipe served with confit cow udder in a tomato and bone marrow broth, along with more mindblowing menu items. Booze-wise bartender Christian Siglin will bring a killer agave-based cocktail program and Bracero's new manager and wine director, JM Woody van Horn, will showcase Baja and Alta California labels. Do check back for more extensive Bracero coverage.

King and Queen Cantina

1490 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

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