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Local Spotlight: Tres Gatos

Randal Engelmann & Erik Gould

We are Randal Engelmann and Erik Gould, partners in providing exceptional customer service.

Jul 31 6 minutes read

This week, Erik & Randal stopped by a local Jamaica Plain favorite, Tres Gatos. Originally beginning as a book and music store, Tres Gatos expanded into one of the neighborhood's first tapas restaurants. What better way to spend a weekend evening than to put your name in for a table, order a Sangria, and head to the back to peruse the latest books and records. Thank you to Phil and Catherine for sitting with us and sharing the Tres Gatos story. Make sure you check out their events page for the Flamenco Wine Dinner, Catherine mentions in the video. 



TRANSCRIPT:

Randal:

Alright! Welcome back to Stay Focused, Focus Real Estate's weekly video blog. We're thrilled to be here today at Tres Gatos' Restaurant in Jamaica Plain with Phil, Catherine, and of course Erik. Welcome!

Erik:

A pleasure to be here.

Phil:

Thank you for coming!

Randal:

They've got a really interesting concept. As you know by our videos were kind of free-form. Just chatting a little bit about what's going on here. It's a restaurant. It's a bookstore. It's a record store. Did you start as a bookstore?

Phil:

We were. The space was a book and record store called Rhythm and Muse for about 12 years. David Doyle, who's the owner, bought the building. He lives upstairs with his family so we're very much a mom-and-pop business. His passion has always been books and music, but also he and his wife go to Barcelona every year. They're huge tapas and wine enthusiasts and the restaurant coming in has made the store busier and also Jamaica Plain did not have a tapas restaurant. Hopefully, it filled the void in JP.

Erik:

And seven years ago, you were a little ahead of the curve, as far as the tapas curve.

Catherine:

For sure. Now everything is tapas. Everything is small plates.

Erik:

That's awesome. So the restaurant has both. It's the restaurant and bookstore and record store.

Phil:

You can bring a drink to the store and pick out music you want to hear while you're eating. If you're waiting for a table, you're waiting for a table, you can go to the back and read a book while you're waiting with a glass of wine.

Catherine:

A lot of people do that. They'll come in and they'll grab a drink from the bar and they'll just head straight back to hang out with Phil or to pick up an order.

Erik:

So Phil, your position is the Book and Record Store Manager, right?

Phil:

And Music Booker. We do live music here. We have a monthly flamenco night. We have a book club. We wear an awful lot of hats. And as a record and book collector myself, being able to choose all the books and records for this place is like the geek dream come true.

Randal:

What's your specialty?

Phil:

Every store's got its strengths. I think as a bookstore, we're a narrative nonfiction store more than anything. And as a record store, we work with a lot of small indie labels directly like Sub Pop and Merge
and Matador. We also have an awful lot of jazz.

Erik:

Now your position is what Catherine?

Catherine:

I work in the front of the house. feel like I when I'm in Whole Foods, some of your viewers might recognize me. When people see me out and about they're always like "How do I know you?" I've worked here for the last three years. We have a great team. A very small team here. There's two to fall full-time bartenders and then three full-time waitstaff. We're all JP'ers. What's nice is that I think our food with our chef in the last three years, Stephen Marcaurelle, his food is really elevated. I feel like the menu of Tres Gatos is just amazing. With such a high level of food, I still feel like it's approachable and people are really glad to be here and have a good time when you're here.

Erik:

Well that's the Spanish style!

Catherine:

Yeah, exactly.

Randal:

And I would have to say the level the food here has elevated food in Jamaica Plain.

Phil:

He's a young chef and he's constantly switching up the menu and always trying new things and always twisting it up. And I think it's really respectful to traditional tapas but also really adventurous and expanding what you can do in the tapas medium.

Catherine:

It's wonderful. And I think in May, actually Tuesday, May 15th, we're gonna have them take over the
whole space. There's a little dining room on this side and then we're gonna do a wine pairing and wine dinner with Olmstead Wines. Stephen's wife, the chef's wife works for Olmstead Wines which is a biodynamic and natural wine company in Boston. And they supply us with a number of really fun
wines. 

Erik:

You also have a sister restaurant or a couple of restaurants.

Catherine:

Yeah, we have two other restaurants. Casa Verde is down the street. It's a great Mexican restaurant. And one of our sous chefs from here moved to take over being the chef there. They have a handmade
tortilla system now in place. They were able to find three people to be making handmade tortillas throughout the whole day and a whole night. We're located at 470 Centre Street which is right across the street from CVS. And our  website address is tresgatosjp.com.  We're very active
on Facebook and Instagram. Twitter as well.

Randal:

Thanks for watching everybody! Don't forget to Like us on Facebook.

Erik:

Subscribe to our YouTube channel as well. 

Randal:

And until we see you again, Stay Tuned and Stay Focused.


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