This week we were barely successful in corralling Ramon Perez-Conde, the General Manager of Anson 11, in hopes of getting some insight on the new Fine Dining area of the restaurant. Ramon, 49, a 35 year restaurant business veteran has his hands full maintaining the level of excellence one experiences at the Anson 11.
The Fine Dining area was slated to open sooner, however; according to Ramon, “Some investors are eager to make money fast but the owners did not want to do it half way and insisted it be completed the right way.”
The restaurant opened it’s doors on Aug. 12 and received favorable reviews. Located on the ground floor of the impeccably renovated Mills building, Anson 11 has successfully maintained a steady customer base with only the bistro/bar area on the first floor. “We have seen only an increase since opening and ‘honeymoons’ usually only last up to 6 weeks if you are lucky,” said Ramon proudly.
Now with the fine dining area open, the Anson 11 is at full effect. “We waited until the chef was comfortable and everything was properly in place,” said Ramon.
The Anson 11 offers two separate menus, a bistro/bar menu for the downstairs and the fine dining menu for upstairs. When entering the restaurant there is a moment of re-acclimation that takes place. The aesthetic and design immediately takes your senses hostage for a moment, but it is a welcome take over. The design and architectural elegance betrays the New York influence evocative of a metropolitan ambiance. The design romances your soul and the expertly trained staff emphasizes the important of equality and respect.
“The owners treat the staff equally from the dishwasher to the managers. We want to keep in that spirit and stress that everyone is welcome here. Our dress code is relaxed, and we have an ‘everyone wins’ approach to all that we do with fair costs and exceptional quality. The human touch is the difference,” said Ramon.
Adding a level of humility to a place like the Anson 11 is not something the public expects; however, it does indeed exude that quality. Speaking of quality, every aspect of the restaurant is well conceived.
You are literally elevated to the upper level in a glass elevator like you have reached heaven itself. When you set foot in the upper floor, an impressive lounge with a piano is nestled between the main dining area and the two private dining rooms called the Garden room and La Cava (Chef Table) room, respectively.
The Garden room is as it sounds, a wall of green with white doves careening through the foliage that act as the backdrop, and La Cava is a wine vault theme that houses actual wine bottles.
Speaking of wine, “Anson 11 wants to cultivate a culture of wine in downtown El Paso with a selection of over 350 bottles to choose from. Good wine isn’t always the most expensive but what you personally [prefer],” said Ramon.
The main dining area is everything one would expect, replete with white table cloths and soft flattering lighting. The plates are custom with Anson 11 logos to remind you this is not just another fancy restaurant experience.
The food in the fine dining area is more sophisticated and of the highest quality according to Ramon Perez-Conde. “We offer some of the best food available but add that human element so that you have a truly exceptional experience. People go out to socialize and have a great time but if you just want to go eat, who is going to cook better than your Mom? We want to give you an experience you cannot find at home or anywhere else,” said Ramon.
The Anson 11 is poised to be a downtown gem piece adding to the tradition of Café Central and the Dome Restaurant.
Located at the ground floor of the Mills building 303 N Oregon.
Fine Dining Hours: Mon-Sun 5pm-12 Midnight
Reservations for New Year’s Event: 915-504-7058
Bistro Hours: Sun-Wed 11am-12 Midnight/Thur-Sat 11am-1:30am