Buda Libre opening in old Maddey's Craft & Cru space downtown

We were all a bit sad when Jason Schofield had to shutter Maddey's Craft & Cru under less than ideal circumstances, but another restaurant is now poised to move in.

Buda Libre, a Latin-Asian Fusion restaurant, will open later this summer (July/August) and, according to chef and "gastronaut" Roberto Treviño, will have "a great bar program, personalized service, plates to share, and our spin on fresh attractive food with lots of 'flash'."

If you're thinking Buddha Bar, you might not be too far off.

Says Treviño, "the city seems full of great restaurants and, more importantly, adventurous food lovers and, for a chef, that's culinary bling-bling."

I'm sure Buddha would approve.

Treviño v. Batali on Iron Chef America
Treviño v. Batali on Iron Chef America
Treviño, one of Puerto Rico's most well-known chefs, also runs Budatai in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as Bar Gitano and El Barril.

In 2005, he appeared on Food Network's Iron Chef America doing battle with Mario Batali and, even though he lost, you know the man has some chops.

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