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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hemingway's Replaces La Hacienda

UnknownHemingway's has lower prices and a different menu from its predecessor, but the popular veranda has changed little.
In one of the hospitality industry's most recent spectacular meltdowns, Doug Steele, restaurateur and darling of the expat dining scene, saw his collection of eateries fold like a proverbial house of cards earlier this year.

Now, some former investors have salvaged what was left of one of Steele's more promising ventures -- La Hacienda -- and reopened it as Hemingway's.

La Hacienda's claim to fame was that it served "modern" Mexican cuisine and largely steered clear of the Tex-Mex crowd pleasers. Presumably, this approach was intended to draw a broader Russian crowd that saw little appeal in the cheesy and greasy Tex-Mex classics.

Evidently this strategy (plus other minor details such as exorbitant prices and the lack of any toilet doors) was not a winner. With this in mind, Hemingway's has made some changes and corrected some mistakes. The revamped restaurant has doors on the stalls, old faves on the menu and reasonable prices. The large outdoor patio section, one of La Hacienda's strongest summertime drawing cards, remains largely unchanged.

The menu is completely new, and is not strictly Mexican or even Tex-Mex. Besides Mexican, there are other Latin American dishes, as well as a grill selection. Snacks include such classics as three varieties of chicken wings (330-350 rubles), BBQ ribs (290 rubles) and jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese (240 rubles). The burger and sandwich selection is large, with three burgers (Mexican 310 rubles, cowboy 330 rubles and bacon blue cheese 330 rubles) and three sandwiches (chicken panini 310 rubles, Cuban pork 340 rubles and Argentinean roast beef 310 rubles). The Tex-Mex section lists quesadillas (360 rubles), nachos (310-380 rubles), fajitas (580 rubles), a burrito-taco combo (470 rubles) and beef or chicken chili (270 rubles).

The drinks menu is comprehensive and includes liquor by both the shot and the bottle. Tequila starts at 150 rubles for 50 grams and rum starts at 120 rubles a shot. Cocktail prices rival any of the city's most inexpensive cocktail bars, with margaritas starting at 160 rubles. Beer is equally inexpensive, starting at 100 rubles for half a liter of Baltika. Jugs of red or white sangria cost 600 rubles.

On weekdays, there's a 50 percent discount on the food menu from noon to 4 p.m. and a daily happy hour with various specials on drinks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is also a series of special promotions that changes daily, as well as live sports broadcasts.

13 Komsomolsky Prospekt, 246-5726/6459, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-6 a.m., M. Frunzenskaya. www.hemingways.ru