New BaBaLoo Lounge to Open in Palm Desert

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The old Palm Desert Elephant Bar is getting new life as BaBaLoo Lounge. This is vacant building has been quiet for five years and just this last week saw new construction with the sounds of saws and hammers. The old Elephant Bar restaurant has been renovated into BaBaLoo Lounge. A recent article in the Desert Sun Talked about the New Owner and Operator Gus Ungo and Family will create a tasty menu of Cuban and Peruvian-inspired dishes. 

This is the second location for the family owned and operated restaurant which got its start in Lake Havasu Arizona in 2017. The owner is looking to spice up patrons day by creating inspiring food with Latin flair. Similar dishes to the Lake Havasu region with some additions are set to be on the menu including escargot, juicy ribeye steaks, shrimp cocktails, Ahi tuna, and more all with the Cuban and Latin infused spin.

The Peruvian and Cuban dishes are from his grandmother's and it's going to be a mix of fusion colors, flavors, and designs. It's all very authentic says head chef Hugo Salazar, who is also a Le Cordon Bleu graduate.

The lounge will employ about 50 to 60 people so there's plenty of applications available for bartenders, cooks, dishwashers, waitstaff, and hosts. He's urging people to stop by the restaurant to apply.

The old Elephant Bar closed in 2014 when the Costa Mesa-based chain filed for bankruptcy and close 16 restaurants. Today, this over 7800 square-foot building is being renovated and is in good shape so much of the original bones will remain. The restaurant and bar hope to open the end of July or early August 2019.

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