ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Do you like your dinner with a side of art?
A new restaurant and bar plans to bring the two together in Nob Hill. The venture — called Canvas Artistry — will fill a long-standing vacancy at 3120 Central SE, taking over what’s left of the old Vivace space.
Co-owner Jesus Gomez said the new place will focus on international street food — a general style that might encompass anything from tacos to fideo, he said — and, with a full liquor license, will emphasize creativity in its cocktails.
Gomez said art will play a key role in the venue, with the 80-seat space showcasing a rotating array of artwork in a range of mediums.
“We just want to expose (guests) to different art forms in a different setting and I think people will appreciate it a little more because of the ambiance and setting,” said Gomez, a first-time restaurant owner who has a background in hospitality.
Canvas Artistry moves into the eastern section of the old Vivace in the heart of Nob Hill. (Bistronomy B2B took over the western part a few years ago.) The space, empty since 2012, was originally plotted as a new location for Chez Bob, but owner Bob Maw called off that plan last year.
Renovation work has begun at the site, and Gomez said he is aiming for a summer launch.