Lucky Santo to take over former Cocina Esperanza location

The creators of Stoneburner are set to launch a new food venture in Sunset Hill: Lucky Santo will be opening in the former Cocina Esperanza location, which shut down last year after a fire caused costly damages to the restaurant and neighboring Caffè Fiorè.

Fiorè owner Deming Maclise purchased the space when Cocina owner Marcos chose not to reopen. Chef Nikki DeGidio is at the helm of new restaurant, which will be a “haven for people who want healthier food choices.” It’s named for her two dogs — Lucky and Santo. DeGidio has spent over a decade in fine-dining — she spent six years at Campagne and another six at Bastille and Stoneburner.

The menu will cater to food sensitivities, which is in part due to DeGidio’s own severe food allergies. Menu options will be mostly allergen-free: no dairy, grains, legumes, refined sugar, soy and canola oil (unless otherwise noted). They’ll have an array of smoothies, healthy and light lunch options, and grab-and-go meals that can be heated up at home to feed an entire family.

An early draft of their menu includes meals such as “green eggs” with roasted brussels sprouts, root veggie hash, poached eggs and a green tahini drizzle; coconut & scallion prawn ceviche with chili and plantain chips; steamed mussels bacon with collards, vinegar, and piri piri carrot “fries”; and a cold kelp noodle and pickled papaya salad with pulled chicken, shredded veggies, herbs and chili-almond vinaigrette.

Partnering with DeGidio is Chef Jason Stoneburner and James Lechner, beverage director of both Bastille and Stoneburner. Lechner will be stocking Lucky Santo with wine and beer, including gluten-free beer options.

The restaurant will be counter-service only, and will seat 45, including space on the back patio. They’ll offer brunch, lunch and dinner and will be open 11am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 8pm on weekends.

The owners are aiming for an early- to mid-December opening — we’ll keep you posted.


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Kevin in Ballard
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Kevin in Ballard

Please! More hearty vegetarian main options! We will miss Esperanza..

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Perhaps you can graze in the new ‘park’ parking strip on 14th.

Patrick
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Patrick

Yay Snowflake Food!

dys
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dys

Shut it yuppie! Go back to fearing the caravan.

Ballard Eater
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Ballard Eater

Or you could just call it, you know, food. If you can eat it and enjoy it, it’s good.

Dan Halligan
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Dan Halligan

Why is it the people that are the biggest whiners call everyone else snowflakes?

Guest
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Guest

Such a bummer Cocina Esperanza won’t be re-opening. They were super nice people and made great food. The menu options listed for this new restaurant seem less than appetizing.

Bobby
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Bobby

Why do people comment on posts only to be negative? Destructive. Sigh…..sign of the times. I think there’s a lot of good in the return of positive business to this neck of the woods….I look forward to it.

JB1TDMF0TP
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JB1TDMF0TP

Because they are whiny little bitches.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

The new menu sounds like baby food.

Sally
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Sally

Looking forward to this opening!

Kit in Ballard
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Kit in Ballard

Let’s embrace Deming + Co’s new concept. His team has added a lot of great eating/sipping to our community. Plus, his family lives and works in Ballard. Everyone wants to rip on hard working locals that have the imagination, optimism and work ethic to enrich our community. Give them a chance, they love Ballard.

John
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John

Such a shame the Cochina Esperanza will not be back. I liked that place a lot. New menu doesn’t sound all that appealing and, if it’s anything like Stoneburner or Bastille, will be very overpriced.