The trendy upscale Mexican restaurant Mirame in Los Angeles will open at number two

Mirame, the popular two-year-old Mexican restaurant in Beverly Hills from Chef Joshua Gill, is gearing up for a second NorCal location — and it will be in the new Springline development in Menlo Park that has also attracted Che Fico and Burma Love in SF to open new venues as well, along with Hayes Valley Sushi Restaurant at Robin.

Opening in July 2020, Mirame is the latest hype-worthy venture from Jill, who grew up in Rosarito Beach, a seaside town on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, just a short drive south of San Diego. Gill earned a Michelin star early in his career as a culinary chef at Joe’s Restaurant in Venice, and later went on to open the popular Tacos Punta Cabras, which closed in 2017.

After Mirame debuted offering things like salmon skin “chicharrons,” grilled albacore tacos with avocado, and tostada featuring pressed pork-face salumi, Los Angeles critic Bill Esparza admired that “it might be the most exciting new restaurant we’ve ever had.” It will open during this pandemic year in Los Angeles.” (Esparza was a huge promoter of what he called Alta California cuisine, which he described as blending traditional Mexican ingredients and techniques with styles and ideas of modern Californian cuisine, such as farmers’ market produce etc., and Jill appeared in Esparza’s 2017 book on the subject, LA Mexican.)

Now, with the Chronicle reporting, Mirami is preparing to expand north, and Jill and partner Matthew Egan have signed a deal for a space in the Springline complex, which is still under construction at 1300 L Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Describing the food, Egan says, “It’s what we call the next iteration of Mexican cuisine.” He tells the Chronicle that just as the Beverly Hills site uses relationships with SoCal farms to create its listing, the Bay Area site will benefit from farms from this area as well.

Egan was looking to expand into the Bay Area, and happened to hear about Spring Lane and the bustling group of restaurant tenants from a friend of Desmond Tan, owner of Burma Love and Burma Superstar. He told The Chronicle that, along with the lineup of co-tenants, Springline made sense because the affluent demographics of Menlo Park are similar to those of Beverly Hills.

Egan notes that the new restaurant will share a wall in the Springline complex with Barebottle Brewing Co. They plan to allow brewery customers to order food with beer, and vice versa. In addition to this third Barebottle location, the development will also include an outpost for fast food supplier Proper Food Co. , and Canteen, a new restaurant from chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel of Menlo Park’s Camper.

Springline developer, Presidio Bay Ventures, is counting on these big restaurant names being a magnet for both residential and office tenants in the new mixed-use complex. Residential leasing begins this summer, but it’s not clear which restaurants will open first. Mirame aims to open in 2023.

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