Often when restaurants expand they lose the ambiance and character that contributed to their success.
At centro, every addition, since the original humble little dining room, has its own unique charm.
The full length windows are open, the flower boxes are in full bloom, and the sidewalk bistro tables are filled with happy diners. Neighbors walk and bike past, the screen door opens to a humble little dining room straight out of Brooklyn; dark wood, plastered walls, marble tables and countertops, and terrazzo floors. The cooks are busy behind the chefs’ counter, it smells amazing and the flames flare up and back down again. A central stairway takes you to the bar, framed by an arched window looking back to the dining room, dine here and watch the bartenders work their magic. The lounge provides a cozy, intimate dining experience. The 3-season room, surrounded by cream city brick, stucco walls, and large French windows is great for large parties. Continue on and descend a wide stone stairway to the sunken enclosed patio garden.
A large majority of the centro staff over the years has lived in Riverwest, often walking to work. Peg has been very involved in the local farmers’ market and the neighborhood and business associations. The restaurant has been a partner of Meta House for over a decade, providing meals for informational luncheons. Teens Gro Greens is another local non-profit that centro supports. The Riverwest Co-Op has been a food vendor throughout the 12 years of operation. Recently centro has fostered The Daily Bird as a pop up coffee shop until they were ready to open their own space down the block.