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No Va opens Tuesday night on Rainey Street

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Chef Brad Sorenson opens his new Rainey Street restaurant No Va Tuesday night, a project that has been in the works for a couple of years. The former Asti cook and contestant on “Chopped All-Stars” and “Next Food Network Star” named his restaurant (which translates in Spanish to “no go”) as a nod to the Joel Mozerksy-designed sleek two-story building’s incongruity in the boozy nightlife district populated by older bungalows.

No Va’s initial menu offerings include corn gnocchi with brown butter, roasted bell pepper and fava beans; Atlantic salmon with beet-radish salad and nicoise olive puree; and a “cheeseburger” tartare on an onion bun. The restaurant, which has future plans for a late-night menu of pizzas and tacos to satisfy the wobbly masses, will serve beer, wine and hard liquor, with a cocktail menu including drinks such as a gin-based pear meringue fizz with and the pitu cachaca-based Bossa No Va.

No Va plans to be open from 5 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday and 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. (87 Rainey St., 512-382-5651, NoVaonRainey.com)