Television chef and author Joanne Weir is opening a second location for her popular Mexican restaurant Sausalito Copita Tequileria y Comida in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose.
That’s according to an exclusive report in the Mercury News, which reported that Weir and his partners are opening a two-story, 6,400-square-foot location at Lincoln Avenue and Willow Street that is slated to open next summer. It will feature a rooftop tequila and mezcal bar with small plates, as well as a full-service dining area below that will serve the handmade, gluten-free Mexican cuisine that made Copita a hit at Sausalito.
“We fell in love with the people, with the energy of this vibrant neighborhood,” Weir told the Mercury News. “Believe me, I loved opening Copita Sausalito 10 years ago. It was an incredible race! And Copita Willow Glen will be just as magical, if not more so. “
Copita Sausalito diners find a selection of gourmet Mexican dishes ranging from ceviche ($ 15-18) to quesabirria (slow-cooked lamb and Oaxacan cheese quesadillas; $ 24) to chicken empanadas in a mole sauce. ($ 20) and more, as well as a range of tequilas, wine, beer and cocktails.
Weir opened Sausalito Copita Tequileria y Comida in 2012 in partnership with restaurateur Il Fornaio Larry Mindel. It received numerous accolades in the years that followed, including being named Best Mexican Restaurant in the Bay Area by 7×7 magazine and making the cover of San Francisco Magazine as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the world. region.
Photo: Joanne Weir / Facebook
The chef, who worked at Chez Panisse earlier in her career, is known for hosting cooking shows on KQED and CreateTV, as well as writing cookbooks and leading cooking classes. Her most recent cooking show is “Joanne Weir’s Plates and Places,” filmed across the Mediterranean, along the Rhine and Danube rivers, and in her cooking studio in San Francisco, according to Weir’s website.
Hillary Clinton and the State Department appointed Weir in 2012 to the American Chef Corps, a group of American chefs appointed to promote global relations through food. Her official biography indicates that Weir is a fourth-generation professional chef, who traces her culinary heritage back to a great-grandmother who operated a restaurant in Boston at the turn of the last century called Pilgrim’s Pantry.
Weir will be opening the new San Jose restaurant with partner owners Larry and Michael Mindel, according to the Mercury News report.
Learn more on the Copita website: www.copitarestaurant.com.