Back in March, it was announced that longstanding El Segundo restaurant Farm Stand would be closing its doors after a decade of service. In its place will come none other than El Gringo Kanteen, an offshoot of the popular South Bay trio of casual Mexican spots that hang under the El Gringo banner.
The Gabriele family behind Farm Stand are also owners in Manhattan Beach's Love & Salt, and decided to shutter their well-received El Segundo restaurant to focus on a new Middle Eastern concept with Love & Salt's Michael Fiorelli and Rebecca Merhej. That left an opening for restaurateur Bill Graw to step in with his El Gringo concept.
If you've never been to one of the chain's three locations in the South Bay (Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach), expect hyper-casual Mexican fare with a decidedly American bent. There are quesadillas, burritos, and tacos, as well as Mexican pizzas, bowls, and nachos, served in a beachy, colorful space.
Though it's still early going, expect much of the same from El Gringo Kanteen. The beer and wine license from the Farm Stand days has been officially transferred over (on Cinco de Mayo, no less), and work is still being done inside to make the place part of the El Gringo ecosystem. Eater reached out to get an opening date but still hasn't heard back, though sources say that summer is likely.
El Gringo Kanteen
422 Main St.
El Segundo, CA