Pisco Sour to bring a taste of Peru to downtown Mount Dora
MOUNT DORA — Seventeen years after immigrating from Peru, Jorge Bracamonte’s dream of owning his own restaurant in the United States came true with the purchase of a building on Donnelly Street and Fourth Avenue in Mount Dora.
Some people may recognize the building. It is the former home of The Lost Parrot, a popular restaurant and bar that recently closed.
As of Sept. 9, however, its doors will be re-opened to the public as Pisco Sour Restaurant, Bar & Grill, with a Peruvian-American flavor.
Tony Bracamonte, Jorge’s son, said both he and his dad got their start in that building when it was a Mexican restaurant named Eduardo’s Station. Jorge was a cook and Tony a dishwasher.
Most recently, Jorge ran Mr. Cebiche Peruvian Restaurant located on the top floor of the Renaissance Building. Tony was living in New York City after having served in the Army and being medically discharged but then got a call from Jorge asking him to come home to help with the business.
Tony said he considers it fate that they were reunited as partners in the new venture and that Pisco Sour won the bid for the place over much bigger entities.
“I believe in my family, in this country and in Mount Dora, and I am so excited to offer something different. We’re fusing American and Peruvian cuisine and culture together,” Jorge said. “Pisco Sour is for everyone and I feel that everyone completes me. This is my passion, and what I want to give back is making sure my guests enjoy themselves and have the most happy experience they can have here.”
Jorge said he is grateful for the successes he’s enjoyed in his life but is looking forward to new luxuries like plentiful space. Pisco Sour will have 222 chairs and 4,500 square feet.
At Pisco Sour, traditional Peruvian dishes will be offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as will classic American dishes like steak, seafood, sandwiches, soup, salad, burgers and wings.
In the future, Tony said there will also be a rotisserie chicken bar and a ceviche bar with a dedicated chef preparing the seafood dish fresh and made-to-order.
Peruvian desserts such as crema volteada and alfajor cookies — which are served at Mr. Cebiche’s — will still be made from scratch by Jorge’s daughter, Erika Bracamonte. The star dish, Dee’s Chili, will be served every night in honor of Dee Hawkins and her daughters Patti, Vicki and Sandi, owners of Eduardo’s Station and The Lost Parrot. Tony said the family has helped his family immensely over the years.
A full bar will feature pisco sours — Peru’s national drink — in more than 10 varieties, including pisco punch, Pisco chicha, pisco tonic, Peru libre, a Peruvian Manhattan and a craft beer mixed with pisco, which is called a PS.
“We think this is a place people are going to love coming to,” Tony said.
The grand opening was originally planned for Saturday but was moved to Sept. 9.
Tony said there will be a celebration from open to close with live entertainment. The interior of the restaurant will include authentic Peruvian artwork, table servings and leather menus. Servers will wear uniforms that were brought from Peru by Jorge, who flew there in late August expressly for that purpose.
“We’re going to have a look of a Peruvian restaurant but a little on the modern side. You won’t see that many colors around, but what you’re going to see is an elegant vibe of a Peruvian restaurant,” Tony said
Pisco Sour’s kitchen will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
After 10 p.m. the top floor will become a nightclub until 2 a.m. and feature dancing, karaoke, Latino nights on weekdays and live music every weekend.