Bad news: it’s also probably going to be raining.
Good news: it’s going to be raining mojitos.
Welcome to Paladar, a well-appointed Cuban hideaway where rum is king, ham sandwiches are well-pressed and your mamboing potential is off the charts, now open in Logan Square’s former El Cid Tacos space.
Yes, after 46 years, El Cid is no more—but El Cid 2 is still available for all your Cinco de Mayo needs. You’ll come to this place when you have other needs. For instance, to feel like the master of your own sugarcane plantation—there’s a palm tree here and there, a ceiling fan lazily twirling overhead and a bartender who actually squeezes fresh cane juice whenever the whim for a cucumber mojito overtakes you.
Eventually, this place will put 20 kinds of mojitos at your disposal. Until then, they’ll have 30 kinds of rums to tide you over. But, say you’re suddenly charged with taking a few NATO generals out to discuss a post-Castro Cuba during the summit next month. You’ll take up at one of the big farm tables and strategize over ropa vieja sliders, classic Cuban sandwiches, oxtail stew or The Fidel—a pulled pork with Cuban barbecue sauce.
Ozzie Guillén is going to love it.