The Mexican-American restaurant Chivos opens this week in the heights
Calle Onze’s transformation into an inventive new Mexican-American restaurant is almost complete: the highly anticipated Chivos will open tomorrow, October 28, by the team behind Night Moves Hospitality. The restaurant is located at 222 West 11th Street in the Heights.
Chivos Executive Chef Thomas Bille has nearly two decades of dining experience, including stops at acclaimed locations like Los Angeles’ Otium Restaurant, ‘Final Table’ winner Timothy Hollingsworth, Hugo Ortega’s Xochi and its own lively but short-lived suburban restaurant, Belly de la Bête.
At Chivos, Bille will get creative by serving dishes that cross cultures, like pozole dumplings and duck enhanced with fig mole. The truffle butter and salmon roe will be a spread for the hand-made flour tortillas, and Bille will adopt native techniques like nixtamalization to make corn tortillas.
Here’s the latest from the young, busy Night Moves Hospitality team, which opened Space Cowboy in the Heights in the spring; Trash Panda Drinking Club in summer; and Live Oak Grill earlier in October.
Night Moves Hospitality owner Greg Perez has teamed up with Calle Onze owner Chris Manriquez and Bille for Chivos, and the restaurant’s management team is all Mexican-American. Perez’s mother is from Guadalajara Jalisco; Manriquez’s family has roots in Guanajuato; and Bille is a first generation Mexican-American.
Celi Perez, former executive chef of Calle Onze, will move to a managerial position at Chivos as General Manager. Leesly Valdez will serve as bar manager, serving cocktails that combine Mexican spirits with the flavors of Mexican candy and candy. For example, West Tejas centers around corn tequila and hominy syrup, while Rutas Ganseras is inspired by Mexican dessert cake Gansitos.
Like Space Cowboy and Trash Panda, Night Moves Hospitality has given this restaurant a unique name. “Chivos is Spanish for goats,” Perez said in a press release. “The name is a play on the acronym GOAT (Greatest of All Time) and embodies our concept and the philosophy of our group. We deeply admire all who aspire to be the best in their profession, so we strive to pursue the same greatness for our guests.
Chivos will open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.