Business Notes, March 3, 2013: Spanish Restaurant Candela to Open in Former Rosey Jeke’s Site in Hanover

Hanover — A new Spanish restaurant is opening in the old Rosey Jeke’s basement cafe space in mid-April, the owner said last week.

The 48-seat Candela restaurant will feature tapas, the small dishes popular in bars in Spain, with Spanish and Latin American entrees as well as wines from Spain, said owner James Van Kirk, a native of Puerto Rico.

During the summer and fall, Candela will open five or six tables in the patio area as full-service seating, he said.

Initially, the restaurant will serve food from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, but the full bar will remain open later.

“By Memorial Day, we’ll be open for lunch, and we’ll serve lunch through October. We’ll see if there’s a demand for lunch during the winter, and then we’ll decide if we’ll continue to serve it during those months. It just depends,” he said.

Van Kirk, who owned and operated the Caribbean restaurant Melaza in Woodstock until he recently sold his interest, has hired Luis Millan as chef. He’s a recent transplant from Puerto Rico, who has worked in restaurants in Orlando, Fla., and most recently in Providence, R.I.

Van Kirk said the restaurant will employ about 12 people.

Prices for tapas will average about $10 and can range from simple items such as olives and bits of ham and cheese to more complicated dishes such as meatballs, snails in spicy sauce, squid, cold omelets and stuffed avocados.

“I want this to be a cultural experience when people come in here,” Van Kirk said.

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