Moruno, which takes over the former Short Order at the Original Farmer's Market on the corner of Fairfax and Third Street, officially opens its take-out window on Friday, July 31. With a tight menu of sandwiches, skewers, and more, founders David Rosoff and Chris Feldmeier have a delectable set of Spanish-inspired fare for the busy lunch time set. Later this year, Bar Vermut and the rest of Moruno will open in the corner building.
The Southern Spanish-style kebabs are cooked over hot coals after being marinaded in everything from paprika, cumin, turmeric, and peppers galore, which shows that North African and Moorish influence on that part of the Iberian peninsula. The skewers range from pork, lamb, chicken, and even vegetarian, the last of which employs halloumi cheese and sweet potato. As for sandwiches, which are definitely hefty enough for lunch (though those fries are going to be hard to resist), they come in the same formats, with special plush bread that doesn't fall apart.
This concept will reflect the one going into Grand Central Market later this year, which will be dubbed "Bar Moruno." Back at The Farmer's Market, Bar Vermut will showcase house-made vermouth made in conjunction with Palmina winery in Santa Barbara.
Hours run 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday to Sunday, to start, with expanded hours to come.