Jan. 22—A new Italian cafe is coming to Warner Robins.
Christian Torres is arranging to open up a second site of his Tifton-based mostly, household-owned Fresco Italiano cafe.
He described the restaurant as everyday fantastic dining.
“We want to be that community position the place you can nevertheless go in the course of the week and get a plate of lasagna and get a plate of pasta, and then, if you want to costume up on the weekends and get a steak or have a day evening there, then you can do that too.”
Torres areas an emphasis on quality meals and on ambiance, organizing to change the before long-to-be previous Ole Times State Buffet area at 1208 Russell Parkway with a rework. Ole Periods is relocating to the previous Golden Corral exterior the Houston County Galleria in Centerville.
The buffet tables are going out, and wooden hearth grilling is coming in.
Torres mentioned he expects to consider some important factors from the Tifton spot and replicate them, but he also wants to make the restaurant distinctive to Warner Robins.
“We do a small analysis to see what people today like in the market where we work, but most of the menu— the classics of Italian dishes — we’re also going to have them there,” he explained. “We’re significant on steaks, way too.”
Dining by candlelight
Torres ideas to use the identical inside designer for the new cafe. He envisions candlelit eating.
“At nighttime, we do a great deal of dim lights and candles all over the put so it looks definitely awesome for a date evening,” reported Torres, noting that Valentine’s Day is a single of the greatest evenings of the calendar year for the Tifton restaurant.
“Just about every evening, it can be component of our ambiance. We’re that put you go for a girl’s evening out — possibly have a pair of glasses of wine, appreciate a few appetizers, or we can do the full dining expertise.”
The cafe will have have a complete bar as perfectly as a wine bar.
“Italian eating places are big on wine … paired with the foods, or just to have a glass of wine and continue to keep that discussion heading,” Torres reported.
The Tifton site is known for its steaks.
The cafe uses very well marbled, 100% black Angus aged steak cooked with a trace of smoke.
“On the weekends, we are kinda like an Italian steakhouse,” Torres mentioned. “Steak goes perfectly with pasta. Steak goes very well with salad. It goes extremely nicely with an Italian themed restaurant.
“But also we are quite well known for our new sauces. We make anything in residence. We only supply the freshest substances. We use the most effective create that I can get it. So lasagna is incredibly common dish. We have the eggplant Parmesan. It’s a further well-liked dish.”
The restaurant also does a whole lot of salads.
Wooden fire grilling
“Almost everything that is protein, we try out to grill it, charbroil it,” Torres reported. “A great deal of open up hearth grilling, which is a further attribute of our delicacies there at Fresco Italiano.”
Diners can hope to be capable to see their meals cooked at the Warner Robins locale.
“I like to have open up kitchens,” Torres said. “I think it truly is a good section of the ambiance of a restaurant … the place people today can see how the chefs are cooking your foodstuff.”
Torres, who enjoys cooking, claimed diners can count on to see him at the grill on weekends from time to time at the Warner Robins location.
Also, he pans to include a smaller patio in the back again of the cafe for out of doors eating.
Beneath the umbrella of Torres Hospitality Team, his spouse and children also has a Mexican restaurant, Old Mexico in Sylvester, and a foods truck, Rocco’s Italian Street Food items, centered out of Moultrie.
“All family members owned,” he said. “Me and my spouse and my brothers we commenced this corporation some yrs back.”
The family initial opened Fresco Italiano in Sylvester in a former cotton warehouse and afterwards relocated the restaurant to Tifton in section of a former tobacco warehouse.
“It was a large a tobacco warehouse, and we fell in appreciate with the strategy of renewing the place,” Torres said of the Tifton locale. “It was a long constructing, so they created apartment structures on the back again of it, and in the front of it, is the restaurant. And it performs pretty very well.”
Torres stated he expects to get started the transform in two to a few weeks following Ole Occasions is out of the Russell Parkway area. He strategies to retain the services of about 50 to 60 men and women for the new restaurant. He hopes to open up in the spring or early summer months.
“It is really not likely to be wholly like a cookie cutter cafe,” Torres explained. “We do not consider in that. We want to be portion of the Warner Robins group wherever we operate.”
Tequila and taco bar — possibly?
Torres stated he is also imagining about attempting out a new cafe notion in Warner Robins: a tequila and taco bar he options to identify, Uno Mas Cantina. He’s thinking of prospective internet site places.
“It is a contemporary tactic to contemporary Mexican cuisine,” Torres stated. “Mexican food items they are heading to relate it to tequila, suitable? So we have this bar with a good deal of diverse tequilas …and the taco bar is more like a bar exactly where you go and sit down and you see how they put together the tacos suitable there for you.
“You have mesquite wooden grill with the meats thrown on the open up flame there for you. They’re chopping the meats ideal in front of your eyes. We’re doing contemporary manufactured corn and flour tortillas … You can sit there and you can be chatting with the cooks if you want to — variety of like the experience you would have if you go to a taco shop in Mexico.”