The pair behind the successful Union Public House in St. Philip's Plaza have turned their attention to Mexico City for their second restaurant.
Steve Stratigouleas and Grant Krueger opened Reforma Cocina & Cantina in mid-December in the space once occupied by Vivace Restaurant. Reforma serves richly orchestrated dishes including a sopes appetizer that employs braised beef cheek and a bone marrow salsa ($15) and a Pescado de Pepian Verde that substitutes a daily white fish for the often used pork ($21).
"We live so close to the border and the Mexican restaurants — we have some great ones, but they are all Sonoran," said Stratigouleas, who described the differences in terms of depth of flavors that includes fresh ground corn tortillas. Stratigouleas said they use as much as 100 pounds of corn each day to make 3,000 tortillas.
Stratigouleas said he and Krueger gutted the space at 4310 N. Campbell Ave., installed a new kitchen and expanded by about 1,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet. Reforma can seat 221.
Reforma is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Union Public House, 4340 N. Campbell Ave., has been open since late 2011.