It’ll be a busy holiday weekend for the folks at Caffe Boa.
Just a few weeks after making headlines with the hiring of former Digestif chef Payton Curry, the longtime Tempe favorite will open a second location Tuesday in east Mesa.
The new wine bar and bistro takes over the former Pacific Bay Company space, next to D’Vine Bistro & Wine Bar, on the northeast corner of Power and McDowell roads.
Curry has created a special menu for the Mesa location, taking advantage of a wood-burning oven — something the Tempe site doesn’t have — for pasta dishes and pizzas.
He also is excited about a salumi station, which will offer artisan-cured meats.
The Mesa restaurant marks Caffe Boa’s second try at expansion. Several years ago, owner Jay Wisniewski opened locations in Ahwatukee (later sold and now with a different menu, although it retains the name) and north Scottsdale (since closed).
Meanwhile, on Monday, the Tempe Café Boa will host a special six-course dinner created by Curry and Stephanie Izard, who won the fourth season of Bravo’s TV competition “Top Chef.”
Izard (pictured) attended culinary school in Scottsdale and now has her own Chicago restaurant, The Drunken Goat.
The 6 p.m. dinner, which will feature locally sourced ingredients, costs $79 per person, $129 with wine pairings. The menu:
• Sweet onion soup with spiced shrimp
• Turkey rillette with pickled grapes, quince mostarda, toasted brioche, Seacat arugula
• Braised Berkshire pork belly and sliced hamachi with roasted shallot vinaigrette, radish and apple salad
• Braised leg of lamb cannelloni, salad of McClendon farms carrot tops, golden raisins and harissa-spiced tepary beans
• Sauteed triggerfish and smoked goat and McClendon pear ragout• Ty’s Magic seasonal dessert platter
Caffe Boa, 398 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, opens 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon Sunday. Info: (480) 968-9112 or www.cafeboa.com.
Caffe Boa Bistro, 2837 N. Power Road, Mesa, will be open 11 a.m. daily. Info: (480) 981-2000 or www.boabistro.com.