Thanks to Sean for spotting the liquor-license-application posting and sending the tip our way: The nine-months-vacant Wing Dome spot in The Junction at 4523 California SW is slated to become the home of the second Pecado Bueno. The first one opened in Fremont in 2011. According to this PSBJ story, founder James Schmidt was a co-founder of Taco Del Mar. He told PSBJ that he didn’t want to turn Pecado Bueno into a major chain – maybe just five or six places. The concept is described as order-at-the-counter – here’s the menu – with a full bar (which is the type of liquor license that is being sought). This would be the fifth Mexican eatery in The Junction, after Puerto Vallarta, Taqueria Guaymas, Matador, and Pica Border Grill. We have messages out to see what more we can find out, such as timeframe for opening.
6:28 PM UPDATE: Just spoke by phone with owner James Schmidt, who says they could open as soon as August 1st – he’s expecting the “minor” changes they need to the space to be done before then, so the liquor license is what’s likely to be the biggest factor in the time frame. But he also made it clear, it’s a restaurant with a full bar, NOT “another bar.”
Schmidt also says Pecado Bueno is “a Mexican restaurant to some extent, but not to a total extent – you don’t come in and hear mariachi music, it’s more rock ‘n’ roll.”
As a parent of three small children, he is also proud to say it’s “extremely family-friendly … it’s a place where parents can come in and get a great value … and be out of here in 45 minutes or less … I can appreciate that sometimes (with children) you don’t have 45 minutes to eat out.”
He adds that Pecado Bueno is “very casual” and that they have an emphasis on organic/natural ingredients, from organically grown produce to wild seafood: “We believe in good ingredients.”
And in having a patio, which he says was a major attraction to the ex-Wing Dome space.
P.S. Schmidt says Pecado Bueno is big on partnerships with local nonprofits, PTAs, groups like that for dine-out fundraising events, and also adds they’ll be hiring – so keep an eye on their website for more on both of the above.