Around the new year, the small and respected eVe closed in Berkeley to make way for a more casual, takeout-friendly concept from owners Chris and Veronica Laramie called Brasa (1960 University Avenue). Today we get word that Brasa is ready to open on Tuesday, Feburary 21, serving up Peruvian-style street food and rotisserie chicken, inspired by Veronica’s native land.
The menu centers around chicken, which can be ordered in whole, half, and quarter sizes with various Peruvian dipping sauces including Aji Amarillo, Rocoto and Huacatay. Then there’ll be Peruvian sandwiches with a choice of pork, steak, tofu, chicken, or shrimp, and sides like French fries, sweet potato fries, and salads. They’ll be offering beer and wine on tap, as well as Peruvian beverages like Chicha morada, Maracuya and Inca Kola
The space has been revamped from its former, slightly more formal self, too. Quirky design elements include chicken wire lamp shades and bar stools constructed from tractor seats.
Meanwhile, the Laramies have another project up their sleeve: a larger restaurant "in the same tradition of eVe" somewhere around the Bay, for which they already have investors. Stay tuned for more details on that as they emerge.
Earlier: eVe Closing in Berkeley, Becoming a Peruvian Rotisserie [Updated]