At long last, a key spot on Henderson Avenue is back in the groove via Felix Culpa, a new restaurant opening on October 24 at 3001 Henderson Ave. in the former, dearly beloved Victor Tangos space.
The restaurant is from SBBC Hospitium, the team behind bars such as Truth & Alibi, The Tipsy Alchemist, and Punk Society. The opening of Felix Culpa sees them transitioning from their former profile as a nightlife spirits company to a more focused arena of food and hospitality.
SBBC, whose principals consist of brothers Mark and Chris Beardon with partners Jay Shafi, Gregg Bothwell, and Shea Comer, were looking to do a concept with a hybrid atmosphere, says Chris Beardon. "A restaurant with a lounge element," he says.
In Felix Culpa, they've joined up with operating partner, Massimiliano Sgarbi at the helm; Sgarbi previously worked with the Lombardi Family Concepts restaurant group.
The restaurant has a serious mid-century modern theme, with plush décor – velvet chairs, ivy festooning the walls, crystal chandeliers and pop art pieces from some of the shakers from the 60’s including Roy Lichtenstein and Jeff Koons.
At the helm of the kitchen is Nick Amoriello whose New American menu is infused with European flare. Signature dishes include Yukon gnocchi, tuna crudo, and steak tartare with bone marrow béarnaise and fennel pollen black pepper crackers.
Shared offerings include salumi e formaggi platters and margherita flatbread.
Hours are late: Monday-Wednesday 4 pm-midnight and until 2 am Thursday-Saturday.
Victor Tangos closed on New Year's Eve 2017, and after a decade of great times, the space has some residual good karma. Felix Culpa, Sgarbi says, is Latin for a mistake where the outcome is so good that the mistake is forgiven.