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Staff T-shirt at La Calaca Feliz.

La Calaca Feliz, the Mexican bar/restaurant at 2321 Fairmount Ave. from Cantina Feliz's Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal, is targeting an opening next week. New target is Jan. 19.

Construction is proceeding at a furious pace, and staff training has begun.

The menu will feature an array of tacos and nachos, tlayudas (Mexican pizzas) and alambres (skewers) including the Octopus Alambres with Poblano Peppers, Pearl Onions, and Lemon Vinaigrette that Spinner prepared at the James Beard House. Chef de cuisine Lucio Palazzo, formerly of Xochitl, will execute

Like Cantina Feliz, which the Garces alums opened a year ago in Fort Washington, La Calaca Feliz (The Happy Skeleton) has a whimsical, colorful look.

Artist Alison Dilworth is executing Dia de los Muertos murals. There's a colorfully painted longhorn skull above the fireplace, high, stamped ceiling, and 12-seat copper-topped bar whose shelves will hold more than 50 types of tequila. 

Here's the opening dinner menu (.PDF).

Here's the bar menu (.PDF).