Local chefs unite their vision and launch unique concept in Sarasota’s Gulf Gate
Chef Gino Calleja and Chef Jose Rojas are proud to announce the official grand opening of Kolucan Mexican Bar & Grill, a new upscale Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Sarasota’s Gulf Gate neighborhood. With a focus on modern, authentic Mexican cuisine, Kolucan aims to offer a unique dining experience that pays homage to the chefs’ roots and brings a fresh perspective to the local culinary scene.
Chef Gino Calleja, previously known for his popular establishment Reyna’s Taqueria, has always been passionate about creating new culinary adventures for patrons. Inspired by the creative culinary endeavors of his mother, Doña Reyna, Chef Calleja has long dreamed of introducing a unique, elevated Mexican concept to Sarasota, a city where he has deep roots and an unwavering commitment.
Reflecting on his hometown, San Lucas Colucán, Chef Calleja revealed, “Every time I visit home, I have to make the stop at San Lucas Colucán. The sound of ‘Kolucan’ has always resonated with me, reminding me of my family and my roots, which will forever be an integral part of who I am.”
Partnering with Chef Jose Rojas, who brings a wealth of experience from his journey in the culinary world, including his time at Louies Modern, Rojas is excited to share his vision and expertise with the Sarasota community. “Establishing Kolucan is about finding my identity as a chef,” Chef Rojas explained. “Gino and I share a strong love for our native Mexican roots, and I admire his experience and success in the restaurant business. Together, we are proud to introduce modern-day authentic Mexican cuisine to Sarasota.”
Kolucan Mexican Bar & Grill sets itself apart with its elevated approach to traditional Mexican dishes. Patrons can expect a robust beverage menu featuring house-made juices and mixers, a dynamic tequila and mezcal list, and a diverse wine portfolio featuring a series of Mexican wines. The restaurant will also offer live entertainment and host special events to create a vibrant and lively atmosphere.
One of the highlights of the restaurant is the Frida Lounge, a nod to the late Frida Kahlo, adorned with custom pieces and mural work created by local artist Lipstick Lex. Guests can immerse themselves in the captivating vibe created in this space while savoring a special menu full of exquisite flavors that varies slightly from that of the main restaurant.
Starting Thursday, August 31, at 5:00 pm, Kolucan will open for dinner service, with plans to expand to lunch and brunch in the near future. The restaurant will also feature a happy hour from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday, allowing patrons to indulge in delectable bites and handcrafted cocktails at a special price.
Kolucan Mexican Bar & Grill is located at 6644 Gateway Ave, Sarasota, FL 34231, in the space formerly occupied by Opus Restaurant and Lounge. For more information about Kolucan, visit their website at www.kolucan.com or find them on Instagram and Facebook @kolucansrq.
Kolucan Mexican Bar & Grill is a new upscale Mexican restaurant in Sarasota, Florida. With a focus on elevated, modern authentic Mexican cuisine, Kolucan offers a unique dining experience that honors tradition while bringing a fresh perspective to the culinary scene. The restaurant features a lively atmosphere, live entertainment, and a dedicated Frida Kahlo lounge adorned with custom artwork. For more information, visit www.kolucan.com or follow @kolucansrq on Instagram and Facebook.