Restaurateur David Doyle and his business team, who are behind Tres Gatos and Centre Street Café, are looking to further diversify the Jamaica Plain food scene, as they will be opening up a Mexican restaurant called Casa Verde.
The new restaurant will replace Ghazal Indian Cuisine at 711 Centre St.
“My wife (Maricely Perez-Alers), my other business partner (Keith Harmon) and I all felt that authentic Mexican food is lacking in JP,” said Doyle in an email to the Gazette. “Prior to deciding to purchase Ghazal, we talked with a number of people, especially Texans and those from the West Coast, who feel that Mexican restaurants in the Northeast tend to be a bit disappointing, more Tex-Mex than authentic Mexican.”
He said that the plan is for the restaurant to be “the most casual, affordable and family-friendly of the three restaurants” with a “great draft beer selection” and to be centered on tacos with house-made corn tortillas.
“These will include chicken, lamb, pork, beef, fish and several veggie options,” said Doyle. “We’re also planning to feature a variety of ceviches, as well as tamales. Larger plates may include pollo asado (grilled chicken), arroz con mariscos (rice with seafood), steak, veggie dishes with chiles and whole grilled fish.”
He said that the restaurant is slated to open in the fall.
“Though we’re very busy with Tres Gatos and Centre Street Cafe, we’re excited to take on another project, and thrilled and gratified by the number of JPers who have stopped us in the street, or pulled us aside at the other two restaurants, to say how eager they are for a new Mexican restaurant,” said Doyle. “That support and enthusiasm mean a lot to us.”