Rumba, the new restaurant from River Market district entrepreneurs Chris King and Suzon Awbrey, is slated to open either Thursday or Friday this week to catch some of the Riverfest crowd, King said. The restaurant, with Mexi-Cuban-influenced cuisine, will have a limited menu through the weekend, he said, and will unveil the full lineup with a grand opening in early June. Revolution, which will be the club portion of the new venture at 300 President Clinton Ave., will open in June.
UPDATE: ALLEY OOPS We checked out this longtime favorite’s newer, strip-mall locale for lunch, where a good crowd was already enjoying plate lunches and sandwiches. While the special of the day was a chicken-fried chicken ($6.95) and came highly recommended by the waitstaff, we went Atkins and chose the hamburger steak ($8.85). It was a half-pound flat patty, nicely seasoned and topped with onions. Our sautéed veggies on the side were massive and over-peppered but we still got through most of them. Our dining companion enjoyed the cheesy quesadillas. You get plenty of attention from the staff, the prices are good, and the dining area is bright, or you can go back into the darker bar area. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar. CC $-$$ 221-9400 LD Mon.-Sat.
UPDATE: GRAFFITI’S It was good to see this eatery that’s been around a while still apparently as popular as ever on a recent Saturday night. We invaded with a party of 12 and were treated like royalty, starting with an excellent recommendation on a pinot noir to get things going along with the complimentary garlic bread. The specials are written on chalkboard near the entrance, and the one that caught several of our party’s eyes was the pan-seared walleye Oscar ($16.95), which was a large flaky fillet topped with crabmeat and hollandaise sauce and accompanied by steamed asparagus and capellini pasta. It was rich, extremely filling and terrific. Other entrée choices, all meeting happy approval, were the lasagna and the beef, both of the menu. Salads were well-crafted, including an entrée salad with hearts of palm that was available as a smaller side with dinner. We passed around a slice of frozen Italian cream cake drizzled in chocolate for dessert; there was little room for more than a bite for most of us after the fish special. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar. CC $$-$$$ 224-9079 D Mon.-Sat.