Bay Area restaurateur Darren Matte has purchased a prime spot in downtown Danville and will re-christen the space as Cocina Hermanas, in honor of his three daughters.
The remodeled restaurant with a Mexican menu is scheduled to make its debut in mid-November in the former Basil Leaf Cafe space at 501 Hartz Ave., according to Thursday’s announcement.
This will be Matte’s third culinary enterprise. A resident of the Alamo-Danville area, he owns Danville Harvest, a farm-to-table bistro located across the street, and San Francisco’s Per Diem, a Financial District restaurant with a Cal-Italian menu.
His vision for Cocina Hermanas is a marriage of Mexican street food and traditional family recipes, with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. A full bar, to be constructed along the front of the restaurant, will offer an array of mezcals, tequilas and specialty cocktails.
The $2.45 million purchase of the building and the business was handled by Cameron Baird of Cushman & Wakefield, the principals said.
Danville restaurateur’s new venture: Cocina Hermanas