Mare Mediterranean set to open
Foodies hoping for a unique and upscale replacement for the vacancy left by Cameron’s Steakhouse at 115 Willits Street in Birmingham have gotten their wish. Restaurateur Nino Cutraro, owner of Bella Piatti in downtown Birmingham, will open Mare Mediterranean featuring freshly cooked fish from Greece and Sicily. Francesco Apollonia, of Bella Piatti, will oversee the food operation with Sean Force, formerly of Ocean Prime, taking over the role of executive chef. Main course entrees will include a plethora of fish options as well as a variety of crudo (fresh raw fish, thinly sliced and often served with olive oil, lemon and seasonings). The menu will be rounded out with pasta, steaks and chops accompanied by an extensive wine list with selections from Italy, France and Greece. The former dark interior of Cameron’s will be replaced with a brighter look, including chandeliers and a white porcelain bar countertop. A new lounge area in the front of the eatery will provide customers with a place to gather before and after dinner and will offer its own special menu for food and drinks. The restaurant should be ready to open by the end of September.