Ryan and Dan Pernice, the brothers behind RO Hospitality restaurants Table and Main and Osteria Mattone in Roswell and Coalition Food and Beverage in Alpharetta, open Spanish-Latin restaurant Casa Robles in downtown Roswell next year. The restaurant takes over the former Whiskey Project space on Oak Street, just south of Canton Street and City Hall.
Led by Osteria Mattone executive sous chef and El Salvador native Laura Orellana, expect a variety of traditional Spanish tapas mixed with dishes from El Salvador and Mexico on the menu here, including tacos and pupusas. Wines at Casa Robles, which translates to “Oak House”, will lean toward producers from Spain, Portugal, and South America, with cocktails focused on rum, tequila, mezcal, and pisco as base spirits.
Orellena has been with the RO Hospitality group for nearly a decade and received her culinary training in Seville, Spain at Escuela de Hosteleria de Sevilla. Following her graduation from culinary school and an internship at El Cingle in Barcelona, Orellena remained in Spain for another five years working in restaurants throughout the country, before eventually moving to Atlanta.
“Chef Laura is a pillar of our success and has been a leader in our company for 10 years across multiple ROH restaurants,” Ryan Pernice says in a prepared statement. “Dan and I are excited that her experience, background, and passion for this cuisine means North Fulton will soon have another great place to eat.”
Once open next spring, Casa Robles will seat 56 people in the dining room, with another 16 seats at the bar. An all-weather, covered patio should include additional seats for 32 people.
The Whiskey Project first opened on Oak Street in Roswell three years ago promising close to a thousand types of whiskey on the menu, along with two dozen cocktails. The bar closed there in early June. The owners plan to reopen the Whiskey Project in nearby Crabapple, bordering Alpharetta and Roswell.
45 Oak Street, Roswell. casaroblesroswell.com.