Péché owner Rob Pate and his team have taken over the former Pleasant Storage Room space and will introduce Isla when the restaurant-bar opens on March 2. The restaurant will keep a tropical theme similar to that of the rum-centric Pleasant Storage Room, which closed abruptly at the end of last year.
Executive chef John Lichtenberger will oversee the menu of "island-inspired" cuisine that will nod to the tropics. Dishes will include ropa vieja with coconut rice and a Caribbean seafood pepper pot of shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and okra in a spicy broth. Trey Jenkins will head the beverage program at the bar that will serve a variety of Tiki drinks and classic rum cocktails.
The restaurant at 208 W. Fourth St. will be open daily until 2 a.m., opening at 4 p.m Monday-Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.