As Mission Hills continues to blossom in the realm of food and drink, the neighborhood will get a new gathering spot next month in the form of Fools and Kings, a second concept from Christian Gomez, the proprietor and chef of Wet Stone Wine Bar in Bankers Hill.
Gomez opened Wet Stone in 2008, serving wine and beer and an eclectic menu of multicultural plates. His travels around the world will also inform the menu of Fools and Kings, which will take influences from the cuisines of Western Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East but be based on seasonally-sourced ingredients. Focusing on small and shared plates, the diverse dishes will pair with housemade sangria, wine and a beer list stocked with regional as well as global brews.
Named for a phrase gleaned from one of his favorite songs, "Nature Boy" by Nat King Cole, Fools and Kings intends to invoke the feel of the romantic old world cities that Gomez has visited, including Havana, Barcelona and Buenos Aires. He shared that its design, which will incorporate wrought iron hanging lanterns, a live edge wooden bar and dining tables, bar display cases for showcasing tapas-style dishes, and murals by local artist Josh Hunter, will allow diners to be “transported momentarily to another part of the globe”.