Que Pasa in Cabo?

BY: DAVID FLORES

Can a Peacock become a Phoenix? In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again.

Associated with the Sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

Well, that’s about to happen in Cabo. Old timers and many visitors would remember the Peacocks’ restaurant on the road to Medano beach in Cabo San Lucas, which was closed several months ago.

Peacock’s became a legend. Wonderful food, luscious landscaping and excellent service. I remember dining there 30 years ago. It was my fav, as well as that of others. Then it closed earlier this year, to many’s astonishment, while it was obvious that it was undergoing some heavy remodeling.

That posed a challenge for this investigative reporter. After months of asking around, I finally found out. It will become a brand-new restaurant under the association of three of the best chefs and restauranteurs in Los Cabos. Led by Peacock’s original owner Gunther Richter, who also owns the Mi Casa restaurants in Cabo and San Jose and the Café Canela in Cabo, the new restaurant will reopen its doors with new associates, Chef Luiggi Cavanna from Il Forno fame and possibly the best host in Cabo, Pietro Gioco, who has run the very successful DOC restaurant on Cabo’s downtown for the past 10 years.

Talk about a winning trio. The new restaurant, which name has not been revealed but will open sometime this October, will offer some of the best Italian food in town, along with a Sushi section. Gunther, why not call the new eatery Phoenix? It seems appropriate and I will not charge you for the idea. Well, OK, I’ll accept a free dinner for two. Haha.

Natural gas plant in the works. The government of our Southern Baja state announced that the construction of a $192-million liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal broke ground last week at the port of Pichilingue, La Paz.

To be operated by New Fortress Energy, a United States developer and operator of LNG energy projects, the plant should be ready to receive its first shipment of fuel in July 2020, said Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis.

He described LNG as a cheaper and cleaner alternative for electric power generation, and (the new LNG facility) "should have important repercussions in the state.”

Dredging of the area will begin soon, with New Fortress and two Mexican companies working along in order to finish the plant in nine months.

The first goal is to produce electricity instead of burning fuel. Southern Baja hotels will have the opportunity to convert their water heaters, washers and dryers to natural gas feed instead of electrical, and then the remnant gas will be sold to industries.

Restaurant week announced. This coming October 19 to 26, San Jose will hold its annual Restaurant Week, offering 800 pesos (about $42 bucks) meals in 30 different restaurants in town.

According to Rodrigo Esponda, director of the Los Cabos tourism fund, 70 percent of our visitors from abroad go dining out – or lunching out – and the number grew by 13 percent last year.

La Paz to have its own solar plant. The La Paz city government has received authorization to launch a bidding process to build a solar plant to generate 499 kilowatts per hour for street lighting and to run the city’s water pumps. The investment is estimated at nearly 800 grand and future savings will be “enormous” said La Paz Mayor Ruben Munoz.

La Paz main park will be transformed. Work to improve the main plaza in the state’s capitol city of La Paz will begin this month, announced Genaro Ruiz, head of the urban planning secretariat. The remodeling will be similar to that of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, with electrical and telephone lines going underground, new benches, new ramps for the handicapped, new flooring and improved landscaping. Work should be finished by this year’s end.

Dredging in Loreto. In order to maintain the Loreto marina deep enough for boats and ships arriving during the fall/winter season, the marina’s management body, known as API for its looong name in Spanish, will begin dredging the 158,000 sq. ft. area at a cost of 368 grand.

An estimated 11,586 cubic meters of sand will be obtained, which will be transported to urban areas that need filling. Like potholes? We don’t think so.