Banko Cantina, A Northern Mexican Restaurant And Tequila Bar, Is Opening Inside The Historic Bank Building In West Palm Beach

by Lyssa Goldberg Mar 28, 2016 06:28 PM

The historic American National Bank building in downtown West Palm Beach is about to become a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar.

Banko Cantina, a concept from Chicago restaurateur Sam Sanchez, will serve Northern-style Mexican cuisine in a three-level restaurant that features a rooftop bar, lounge, private dining space and 130-seat main dining room. It's set to open in mid-April.

Much of the landmark 1921 building's original elements—including wood, chandeliers and tiles—will be preserved. However, colorful street-style Mexican artwork will breathe new life into the space as it's hand-painted onto the walls.

Sanchez grew up in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where meat-based dishes are popular, and wood-fire, outdoor cooking, and smoky flavors are common. These elements will be seen in Banko Cantino's menu of tacos, steaks and mesquite-grilled skewers.

Executive chef Seth Kirschbaum took a recent trip to Northern Mexico, working with Colectivo GN—a group of chefs who specialize in Northern Mexican regional cooking—to be able to serve his own interpretation of the cuisine at the restaurant.

When it opens, Banko Cantina plans to bring in visiting chefs from various regions of Mexico. 

The beverage program will consist of local and Mexican beer, more than 30 tequilas, and specialty cocktails such as Passion Fruit Sangria and Micheladas. Sanchez also plans to host tequila pairing dinners and tequila tasting classes to teach others about his favorite spirit.

Banko Cantina will serve lunch and dinner and can host special events, including corporate functions and private parties, on its second floor.

Banko Cantina; 114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach

Rendering via BankoCantina.com

(Images via Facebook/Banko Cantina)


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