Tinto’s guacamole and made-to-order tortillas are back, now located in the former Bead Monkey storefront at 4959 Penn Ave. S.
The restaurant is half the size of the former Lake Street location, although garage doors will open to a patio and fire pit in warmer weather. A lounge in the basement offers drinks for up to 30 people waiting for seats.
Returning favorites include the ropa vieja, featuring chipotle braised beef, sweet plantain aioli, queso fresco, pickled onion and cilantro. The restaurant’s sous chef Jorge Sarmiento is contributing new Peruvian dishes like the lomo saltado, a top sirloin with garlic soy sauce rice, red onions, tomato and potato.
Proprietor Rebecca Illingworth said the restaurant is benefiting from the technical skill of her husband Thierry Penichot, who has worked at Hilton properties around the world as well as the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.
Illingworth said she first met Penichot at Tinto. She made him a pisco scour, he took a sip, and made a face — she forgot to add sugar.
“It started a conversation,” she said.
Illingworth is the former proprietor of St. Paul’s Bin Wine Bar, and she’s planning to add a wine cellar to the basement. The new location combines Tinto’s food and Bin’s wine program, she said.
“Here we have the best of both worlds,” she said.
The restaurant will seek state approval for a full liquor license.