Winebusiness.com - Homepage for the Wine Industry

Ariel Lacayo Joins Bronx Restaurant Babalu


Date: 07/05/12

Popular Bronx eatery Babalu announced that industry veteran Ariel Lacayo has joined the restaurant as its new general manager and consultant.

This latest position reunites Lacayo with Babalu’s Executive Chef, Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia, who first worked alongside Lacayo in the 1990s at the highly-rated Patria. “It is an honor to have the chance to work with Chef Garcia again. He is such a creative chef and a grand presence in the kitchen that he inspires me in my position at the front of the house,” said Lacayo, who also consulted on Chef Garcia’s first New York City restaurant, Erizo. “For both of us, our hearts are in the food and in the service.”

An award-winning Court of Master Sommelier, Lacayo is also revamping Babalu’s wine list to create “the perfect complement to Chef Garcia’s cooking,” he said. “I know his food like the back of my hand.”

The owner of AL Restaurant Consulting, Lacayo has been consulting with the best restaurants in New York City for the past 10 years and has been a fixture of the dining scene for decades, working in such celebrated restaurants as Le Madri, Cocco Pazzo, Il Molino, and Sapore di Mare. A native of Nicaragua and the son of some of his country’s most successful restaurateurs, Lacayo has a deep love for Latino cuisine that drew him to Babalu.

“Babalu has a great mix of food, service and ambiance and I look forward to not only strengthening each of these elements but bringing them together in a way that will make Babalu the best Latino restaurant in all of New York City,” said Lacayo.”From day one, I felt an incredible connection with ownership and they were very positive about my vision for the restaurant.”

Babalu is the Bronx's indoor-outdoor destination for the excitement, feel and taste of old-world Latin America—with a modern twist. Located at 3233 East Tremont Ave (Between Puritan Ave and Waterbury Ave), Babalu is open for lunch from 11:30am to 3pm Monday through Friday, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm, and dinner from 5pm to 11pm Monday through Sunday. The restaurant also opens as a lounge from 11pm to 3am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Babalu is currently accepting reservations by phone at 718.824.8400 or online at www.babalubx.com.

Region: New York

submit people news

Submit your press release and photo to people@winebusiness.com

wines & vines directory

Search wineries, growers, distributors, and industry suppliers in North America

latest used barrels

- used barrels  •  yesterday at 9:16AM PDT
- used barrels  •  yesterday at 8:09AM PDT
- used barrels  •  yesterday at 6:48AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Sep 26, 2014 at 6:56PM PDT
- used barrels  •  Sep 26, 2014 at 11:14AM PDT

latest real estate

- real estate  •  yesterday at 1:20PM PDT
- real estate  •  yesterday at 11:48AM PDT
- real estate  •  yesterday at 8:18AM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 26, 2014 at 1:59PM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 21, 2014 at 5:00PM PDT

latest used equipment

- used equipment  •  yesterday at 9:49AM PDT
- used equipment  •  yesterday at 9:49AM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 28, 2014 at 4:26PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 4:26AM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 4:26AM PDT

latest services & supplies

- services & supplies  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 5:56PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 9:21AM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 22, 2014 at 11:29AM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 19, 2014 at 4:11PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 19, 2014 at 11:44AM PDT

industry events

Oct 4
CA
Search Events:

Copyright© 1994-2014 by Wine Communications Group. All Rights Reserved. Copyright protection extends to all written material, graphics, backgrounds and layouts. None of this material may be reproduced for any reason without written permission of the Publisher. Wine Business Insider, Wine Business Monthly, Grower & Cellar News and Wine Market News are all trademarks of Wine Communications Group and will be protected to the fullest extent of the law.