Mercadito Counter is closer than ever to opening in the former Bel 50 space in River North. The restaurant's design, from Vincent Celano of New York-based Celano Design Studio, keeps the feel of Mercadito Hospitality's other establishments according to managing partner Alfredo Sandoval.
"It was important for us to have Mercadito Counter represent the warmth and vibrancy that our concepts have become known for," Sandoval says. He credits working with Celano Design Studio previously for the smooth experience on the group's newest restaurant. The restaurant will feature graffiti-inspired paintings from Erni Vales, which the artist airbrushed on reclaimed wood panels.
Blending rustic elements with traditional Mexican accents, Mercadito Counter's design is directly inspired by the menu, which mixes Mexican and American street foods. Seating sixty guests for those wanting to sit back and enjoy a beverage courtesy of the Tippling Bros., Mercadito Counter also offers menu items from their deli menu for those looking for a quick bite on the run.
Rotating specials and regular menu items will be featured on a handwritten chalkboard. A glass case will hold housemade meats, cheeses and other fresh products. Once warm weather comes again Mercadito Counter will feature an additional fifteen seats for al fresco dining.