Tapastry To Offer More Than Tapas For Families

Tapastry, Montclair’s newest restaurant on 12 Church Street, offers Spanish tapas that I’ve heard are amazing. They also offer Friday night Flamenco shows, which I wrote about on Baristanet’s The Weekend here. But today I’ve learned that Tapastry is a family friendly place and has plans to get kids in on the Flamenco action.

Chef Gonzalo Fernandez, formerly of La Xunta Tapas Bar in NYC’s East Village, is a Nishuane Elementary School dad of a 1st grader and a kindergartener, so he knows kids.

The restaurant offers kid’s meal, in addition to a great traditional tapas menu. The kids meals come with a drink and a brownie for only $7. Alma Schneider from Take Back the Kitchen loves this place. In fact, she had her birthday party there right after owners Cheryl and Greg Spinelli opened. She’s the one who filled me in on the family-friendly offerings. She says, “They will modify the tapas to make them child friendly, like the fried potatoes “Patacas Bravas” below made without the spicy sauce. The “Tortilla De Espana” (like a delicious omelette) is great for kids as well as the “Datiles con Tocino” (dates with bacon), and the “Croquetas del dia,” which are delicious balls of bechamel mixed with chicken or fish, breaded and fried.”

But here’s the part that I think is really cool. Not that tapas aren’t cool on their own. I love small meals and Spanish cuisine, but Alma tells me there are plans to offer Flamenco lessons to kids and adults in Montclair soon.

Flamenco masters Reynaldo Rincon and dancer Willa Bronce are planning to hold lessons in the restaurant in the afternoon with a special dinner package after the family dances itself hungry. Dates and times will be announced, but you can take the family over to Tapastry tonight for dinner and a show tonight at 7:30 pm to see if they want to get in on the action.

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  1. Oh my goodness. I cannot wait to get myself (and my kids, apparently) over there. I long for some good Spanish tapas! Now were is my Sevillana dress?

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