A new spot injects Mexican flavor into the Back Bay
Jason Santos is not afraid to be colorful. From his signature blue hair to the painted pink floors of his forthcoming restaurant Citrus & Salt, the celebrity chef and restaurateur’s aesthetic is anything but boring. And now, after opening the New Orleans-themed Buttermilk & Bourbon in Back Bay earlier this year, Santos is transforming his now-shuttered Back Bay Harry’s into a Mexican concept, set to open Nov. 27.
“Just like with myself in life, I’m not taking anything too seriously. We’re definitely taking some culinary creativity and creative licenses here,” Santos says. “I wanted it to be a fish-driven menu, a kind of funky version of street food—keeping true to the authenticity of it, but then putting our own twist on it.”
Santos says the inspiration he discovered on a recent trip south of the border is apparent in every aspect of the restaurant, from floors covered in a mosaic of swirling painted flowers to a succulent-filled wall and a back room with neon graffiti and a Santeria-inspired shrine.