The Saint Opens Friday

Word just came in from Hannah Levin that the Saint -- the bar-restaurant being constructed in the old Wingdome spot on East Olive and Bellevue -- opens on Friday. No missing the place unless you're colorblind: The triangular building is a beautifully electric shade of robin's egg blue, which one of the salespeople at Kuhlman told me a few months ago is the color of 2008.

I just got off the phone with owner Quentin Ertel, who also owns Havana. He's been remodeling the space since January, including last month's paint job. The Saint will be a tequila bar, with a "library" of 80 different varieties of the Mexican spirit. "We're going to offer everything from a $6 shot of Sauza Gold with a bottle of beer to a $140 shot of Patron Gran Burdeos aged for 10 years in French oak," he says, as well as a dozen specialty cocktails mixed with fresh-squeezed juices. For the food, Ertel's going all traditional: hand-press tortillas and dishes like posole verde and carne asada. There's no DJ booth, either -- just enough room for 45 seats -- so no worry that some trashed Microsoftie convinced he can pop-and-lock will knock $10 worth of a premium anejo out of your glass as you're meditating on its notes of banana, clove, and horse sweat.


1416 East Olive Way (look for the triangular, electric robin's-egg blue building), 323-9922

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