As a frequent diner and football-watcher at Shadows, I was interested to see its new incarnation: Casa Los Córdovas.
I had the opportunity a couple days earlier than most, when I was invited to a private dinner Tuesday night (Nov. 29). I was working on a story about the transition, which will be in Thursday's (Dec. 1) issue, and I needed some photos, along with just being curious.
The renovations, though somewhat minor, are immediately apparent when you walk in: The restaurant is brighter due to changes in lighting and paint, the bar has much less clutter, a chest-high divider separates the bar from the restaurant seating, and wood surfaces shine after having been refinished. The menu is also different, though ribs, burgers, nachos and burritos can still be had at Casa Los Córdovas, along with more eclectic offerings. I enjoyed my shrimp-stuffed tilapia and baked potato.
Prices are comparable. Happy hour will still be from 3-6. Football fans will still be welcome for a "tailgate party" on Sundays. Some core staff members are remaining in place. The establishment will still have live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
We'll see if the old Shadows crowd gives the new place a try.