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El Remate restaurant offers a new view of Mérida (literally)

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Lee Steele
Lee Steele
Lee Steele is the founding director of Roof Cat Media and has published Yucatán Magazine and other titles since 2012. Sign up for our weekly newsletters, so our best stories will appear in your inbox every Monday.
El Remate de Montejo is Mérida’s newest restaurant in the Centro. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

A defunct café has been put out of its misery and replaced with a place that better deserves such a prominent spot: El Remate de Montejo.

Better yet, the roof — which hasn’t been open to the public in decades — is one of the most exciting new places in Mérida to be revealed this year. Very few people have been lucky enough to enjoy its colorful, kinetic vista until now.

El Remate de Montejo opened with a media event on the rooftop raw bar overlooking the Paseo de Montejo. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

El Remate is an upscale and upbeat full-service restaurant with a raw bar that overlooks the busy Montejo glorieta. 

Guests on Wednesday night also got a preview of the restaurant within the restaurant, El Gato, a small cocktail lounge that appears inspired by a 1940s film noir movie set. Downstairs, designer Josue Ramos Espinoza on Facebook described the Remate Salon, its main dining room, as “Industrial Mexican Chic.”

El Remate de Montejo opened with a media event on the rooftop raw bar overlooking the Paseo de Montejo. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

While El Remate’s upstairs terrace is seafood-forward, meat-eaters can get a burger at El Gato, says Sean Sant Amour, an investor in the project. 

“Almost in the same vein as Pizza Neo, we’re using this opportunity to highlight and bring to the forefront cultural aspects of Mérida, cultural aspects of the Yucatan,” Sant Amour said.

All three venues have a dedicated bar, and the kitchen is visible at the Salon level. 

El Gato, a cocktail bar within El Remate, opened with a media event this week. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

As with sister restaurant Pizza Neo next door, Chef Mohit Bhojwani Buenfil is at the helm. 

The Salon will include communal tables and seat 240. Its huge glass doors unfold to open entirely to the sidewalk. Right now, those doors connect a Christmas village to a much more cosmopolitan space. 

El Remate de Montejo’s main dining room is at one of Mérida’s busiest intersections. Photo: Yucatán Magazine

El Gato, which is up the stairs off to the side, can squeeze in 40 or 50 cocktail lovers. El Remate Terraza, the roof bar, seats 120 and is open on two sides to some of the Centro’s busiest street life at the intersection of the burgeoning “foodie corridor” and the Paseo. 

A loyal crowd is already lining up, so to speak. El Remate’s Instagram has yet to feature a post, but as of this morning, it had over 2,000 followers. 

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