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Brasas, featuring Peruvian rotisserie chicken, to open in Botanical Heights

Brasas, featuring Peruvian rotisserie chicken, to open in Botanical Heights


Brasas will open this summer at the specialty market AO&Co. in Botanical Heights. Photo by Ian Froeb,

Brasas, the Peruvian pollo a la brasa concept that chef Andrew Enrique Cisneros debuted last fall as a pop-up at Original J’s Tex-Mex & Barbecue, has found a permanent home.

Cisneros and chef-restaurateur Ben Poremba will open Brasas as a trailer at Poremba’s specialty market AO&Co. at 1641 Tower Grove Avenue in Botanical Heights, as Sauce first reported.

Poremba tells Off the Menu Cisneros, who has previously worked for him at Elaia, has talked about pollo a la brasa (marinated, rotisserie-cooked chicken) for a long time.

“When he started doing the pollo a la brasa at Original J’s, I think I was the No. 1 customer,” Poremba says.

Cisneros approached him for business advice, Poremba says, and they landed on the idea of a trailer outside AO&Co, which already has a “loyal clientele.”

Brasas will feature a custom-fabricated trailer with a kitchen inside and, on a porch outside, the wood- and charcoal-fired rotisserie.

That way, Poremba says, “people can see the chickens rotating, roasting under an open fire. It's going to smell great. It's going to (have) a great eye-appeal.”

As at Original J’s, Brasas will feature thick-cut fries and a selection of Peruvian sauces alongside the rotisserie chicken. The condiments will also be available for retail purchase at AO&Co.

Cisneros and Poremba are still working out Brasas’ exact menu details, but diners can likely expect pollo a la brasa available for dinner by the quarter, half or whole bird.

Cisneros and Poremba are also planning a small lunch menu with such Peruvian dishes as ceviche and causas as well as, Poremba says, a "killer" chicken sandwich.

The Brasas trailer is currently being fabricated. Poremba says he and Cisneros could open by mid-July or a bit later.

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