The upcoming year appears to be a big one for Gastón Acurio and his partners. Not only are they relaunching the original Astrid y Gastón in a new location in San Isidro, a restaurant that is already climbing its way up the list of San Pellegrino’s World’s Best restaurants, they have an astounding 35 or so new restaurants under construction, according to an interview with El Comercio Peru. This will literally double the size of the brand and put the Peruvian culinary stamp on new terrain. Here’s what you can expect:
T’anta to Chicago & More: The casual Peruvian bistro, one of the most reliable restaurants in Acurio’s portfolio, is expanding widely this year. The big news is that it is coming to Chicago, though there will simultaneously be a large expansion throughout Peru, bringing the restaurant to several new locations in Lima plus to Trujillo, Cuzco, Chiclayo, Arequipa and Piura.
La Mar to San Diego & Miami: The famed Peruvian cebicheria, already in New York and San Francisco, will expand to the coastal cities of San Diego and Miami.
A Peruvian Tavern in London: This concept won’t appear until 2014, though Acurio says that it will have dishes from many variations of Peruvian cuisine, such as Nikkei, Criollo, and Chifa.
Bachiche Pizzeria in Cuzco: A pizza centric version of Acurio’s Italian-Peruvian fusion restaurant Bachiche, currently only in Lima, set right on Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas. Chiclayo, Arequipa, and Piura will also see openings of Bachiche.
International Expansion of Panchita, Los Bachiche, Papacho’s, and Madam Tusan: Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, and Colombia will all be getting a slew of new Acurio restaurants to add on to the existing collection of Astrid y Gastons and La Mars.
New Concepts in Lima: A new concept focusing on Peruvian style bbq meats such as chancho al palo and using a caja china, will open near the Swissotel in San Isidro sometime in 2013.
Writer and photographer Nicholas Gill is the editor/publisher of New World Review. He lives in Lima, Peru and Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CondeNast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, and Penthouse. Visit his personal website (nicholas-gill.com) for more information.