The culinary options on Fairmount Ave. are getting more diverse. BlueCat, a casual Latin-inspired restaurant should be opening in February in one of the retail locations we first told you about this spring, as part of the 25K sqft development at the intersection of Fairmount Avenue and Uber Streets. That development is approaching the finish line and already home to a few tenants.

From a few weeks back

After a few failed attempts to contact the site’s owners through the developer, last week we headed to the property and chanced upon Guy Shapiro and his wife, Luli Canuso, the owners of the restaurant-to-be. Between the two of them, they’ve lived in the neighborhood for over thirty years.

While they didn’t want to say too much yet about their place just yet, they did say it would feature a semi-open kitchen and around forty seats both indoors and out. The interior will feature stone finishes and will incorporate a mural as well.

The space, also a few weeks ago

“A number of factors came together to make it right,” said Canuso about opening BlueCat.

This stretch of Fairmount Ave. has plenty of new restaurant activity going on. The crowds keep on coming at the not-even-year-old Fare. Hickory Lane is set to replace L’Oca. Calaca Feliz is taking over the Illuminaire space. The aforementioned BlueCat appears to be a few months away. Yes, it seems like Fairmount Ave. is becoming a new foodie mecca in this town. And that’s not even counting the new places nearby, like Lemon Hill, Isabel

–Lou Mancinelli