The tiny Rincon 38 restaurant is now open at 38th & Grand, with nine tables, an Old World wine list and small plates priced $5-$10.
The restaurant sells three-ounce tastes of each wine, encouraging guests to create their own wine flights. All of the wines come from Portugal, Spain, France or Italy.
Owner Hector Ruiz, the solo chef in the kitchen on a recent afternoon, said he plans to grow vegetables next summer for use on the menu.
Ruiz’ menu includes braised octopus; a zetas soufflé dish with roasted crimini mushrooms; and cannoli filled with fresh lobster, crab, parsley, and ricotta mascarpone cheese served over truffle-almond sauce.