The disposition of the former Stephan Pyles restaurant space at 1807 Ross Ave. has been determined. It will become a steakhouse called Corrientes 348. Yay steak. But this is not just any steakhouse. It's an Argentinian steakhouse, rooted in South American culture, and it's launching its first location in the United States, in late spring/early summer.
Owners Alda Boiani and Sidiclei Demartini, who have many years in the restaurant industry, hope to create an atmosphere that will emulate the romantic culture found in Buenos Aires, which is the birthplace of Corrientes 348.
Argentinians are big on meat cooked on a parilla (grill), while attendees socialize and drink wine, typically a Malbec. Staying true to its roots, the restaurant will have a dramatic open-flame parilla, custom-made in South America, anchoring the main dining room with 20 seats surrounding it.
Seating capacity for the entire space including bar, grill, main dining, two private rooms, and outdoor patio will be close to 300.
Corrientes refers to a street in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Corrientes 348 is an address mentioned in the famous tango "A Media Luz," sung by Carlos Gardel, an Argentinian musician from the 1920s.
The first Corrientes 348 restaurant was opened in South America in 1997 by Eduardo Santalla, a native of Argentina who found a vacant restaurant that coincidentally had the address of 348. He remembered Gardel's tango, and the rest is history. Well, it's history as it pertains to this restaurant.
There are currently seven branches in South America. Dallas will be the first location in the U.S.