It’s no secret that Lindsay and Rob have been preparing to move Monuts into the old Magnolia Grill building, but it caught me a bit off guard when they closed down their Parrish Street location two weeks ago. Unable to get my sugar fix, the knowledge that Monuts would be back again some day in December was cold comfort.
Well, here it is:
Yeah, crappy cell phone shot, but you can see the bar (and a very small part of the massive line).
They sprung the news of last night’s soft opening on Facebook only a couple of hours before service started at 5, but by the time we got there the line wrapped all around the bar and almost out the door. Right after we placed our orders, they shut down ordering for 20 minutes to catch up. Good timing I guess – or maybe the kid bouncing off the walls caused them to take pity upon us. We grabbed a seat and the food came out about 30 minutes later, which was honestly pretty impressive considering how busy they were.
I’m no foodie, but I know what I like, and I like Monuts. We grabbed a chocolate donut right away to appease the kid, and it was the typical delicious fare we’ve come to know and love from Monuts Uno. A big addition to the new location is a full dinner menu, which we took advantage of; we tried the beet and arugula salad, the chilaquiles, the curly fries, and the fried chicken with lentils. It was all pretty excellent.
Given how packed it was and how early it is I’m not really sure of how the restaurant is going to “feel” yet. I have a sense they’re angling for sort of a BCBB / Pompieri vibe; you order and pay at the counter, take a number (well, dinosaur), sit down at a table, and they bring the food out to you. The seating is also similar: booths, benches, long “family style” shared tables, and even the beginnings of a small kids’ nook in the corner. The bar is obviously front and center, which seems to really invite its usage.
This is the first time I’ve stepped into this building in years, and it’s really good to see it brought back to life again. Downtown won’t be quite the same now, but I suspect Monuts will do well in its new home.