No, it was just a strange coincidence that the owners of the still-unopened Zocalo Mexican Cuisine and Tequileria on the Country Club Plaza chose this name -- the word Zocalo is used to describe the main square, or plaza, in the heart of Mexico -- for their new venue. It's also the name of a Cleveland restaurant connected with Food Network star chef Aaron Sanchez who -- as Jonathan Bender reported last week -- has been hinting that he also wants to open a new restaurant in Kansas City.
But Sanchez doesn't seem to be part of the ownership team -- including Frida's Contemporary Mexican Cuisine owners Victor Esquada and Ivan Marquez and Sol Cantina's Chris Ridler -- of the Zocalo Mexican Cuisine operation. At least, according to the restaurant's publicist Will Gregory, who says it's a coincidence that the Plaza restaurant bears the same name as the Cleveland restaurant, Zocalo Mexican Grill and Tequileria, where Food Network fave Aaron Sanchez created the menu. (The Cleveland restaurant, by the way, has gotten a few scathing reviews.)
"The word Zocalo means city square or city plaza and is a fairly common Mexican restaurant name," says Gregory. "There are many Zocalo restaurants around the United States ... the menu at the Plaza restaurant will still be created by the creators of Frida's Contemporary Mexican Cuisine."