7/09/2012 11:11:00 AM

Taberna de Haro Adds Cocktails and More Seats

An antique marquee from the old Paramount Theatre will be part of the new bar.
Taberna de Haro, the popular, 14-year-old Spanish cafe in Brookline, is undergoing a transformation. While the original 36-seat dining room is currently open, there’s construction going on next door that will nearly double the indoor seating.

The plan is to open this Friday with 30 additional seats, a new larger tapas bar, updated menu and cocktails - a full liquor license will add to the award-winning mostly Spanish wine list. The patio has already been expanded from 24 to 36 seats.

“The goal is to always be authentically Spanish,” chef-owner Deborah Hansen says. The tapas menu will maintain favorites like croquetas de jamón, but will expand to include what you see at the bar and other items made on the new plancha - a Spanish flattop grill. A late-night menu of bocatas, sandwiches made with ciabatta, tapas and other items will be served 10 PM to midnight. Which leads us to some other good news: the new hours will be 5 PM-midnight, Monday through Saturday, starting July 16. (Right now they are 5:30-10 PM weekdays.)

An ornate antique marquee from Boston’s original Paramount Theatre serves as the back for the new bar. The Ernest Hemingway-inspired cocktail list will include Death in the Afternoon (cava and absinthe) - a nod to the famous author who had a passion for Spain as strong as Hansen’s. A glass refrigerated case will showcase tapas ingredients like mushrooms, just like you'd see in Spain. Belt-driven ceiling fans and a faux tile floor will add to the authentic Spanish look, and the aromas will be the same: “the smell of olive oil and wine.”

999 Beacon Street, 617-277-8272; tabernaboston.com

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