Restaurateur Gary Worden admits it: Some people are going to be confused about the new Piropos Grille in Parkville.
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But when the economy tanked, a lot of wedding reception business dried up. By 2009, the Parkville venue wasn't getting the bookings it had enjoyed the previous two years. So the Wordens decided to re-open it as a restaurant. And here's where things get a little confusing: Instead of creating a new concept, the Wordens decided to turn it into a less costly grill, serving exclusively Argentinian fare (the Briarcliff Piropos offers a variety of South American dishes). So, a few weeks ago, the Piropos Grille began serving grilled steaks, chops, seafood and chicken.
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And the service is excellent. The general manager is Christian Maciel, who started his restaurant career as a busboy at the original Piropos. The Argentina-born Maciel was a college student at Park University who insists he didn't speak a word of English on his first day in the restaurant. (He was hired by another Argentina native, Martin Rudderforth, who left Piropos to open the excellent but short-lived Pangea Cafe & Market and currently works for the Spin pizzeria near the Plaza.)
The restaurant is open 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.