Saturday, August 7, 2010

Authentic Mexican in the Corner Bar

Pop City's Elaine LaBalme tell's the story of Jesse & Derek Burnell, who transformed the historic "Round Corner Bar," a shot and a beer place on the main drag of Lawrenceville, Butler Street, into an authentic Mexican restaurant. Now christened the "Round Corner Cantina," the cantina features a big patio with small plates of reputedly excellent Mexican fare. The Burnells, who relocated from San Diego, opened their new venture in late 2008. The margaritas, I'm told, are very tasty as well. Read Elaine's story here.

Lawrenceville is an up and coming community located across the Allegheny River from The Priory and to the East -- altogether about a 2 -3 mile drive.

As an aside, I visited the Round Corner some years ago when it was still a shot and a beer place. It was a pleasant neighborhood bar, but what was striking about it was its architecture, which features a front entrance on a curved corner at the intersection of two streets. It's a remarkable place just for that.

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