Update: This post has been updated with comments from Darin Mislan.
A new restaurant serving up Central and South American cuisine is moving into Fells Point, replacing another restaurant in Kali's Restaurant Group's stable.
Points South Latin Kitchen is aiming for a mid-January opening at 1640 Thames St., which until recently was home to the Italian restaurant and bar Anastasia.
Anastasia has closed, and the space is undergoing renovations to transform it to a Latin-inspired restaurant. Restaurateur Bryson Keens, a partner in Points South and former managing partner at Roy's Hawaiian Fusion, said they're partway through demolition and will soon begin replacing the floors, lighting and fixtures.
The new group, which includes chef Scott Stauber, is reopening the basement as a dining area and installing a wine room downstairs. Anastasia used the downstairs for dancing and DJ music.
"Anastasia’s a nightclub, and we want to run it as a restaurant and take it back to a restaurant,” Keens said. "It is definitely no longer cavelike and clubby. It is definitely going to be dining space.”
Points South will serve dishes from Panama, Brazil and other Latin American countries using as many local ingredients as possible.
"We want to do ... as much local products as we possibly can,” Keens said.
The restaurant will be upscale-casual, carrying slightly lower price points than Roy's, Keens said.
He's aiming to open Points South during the second week of January in tandem with 8 Ball Meatball's debut. That restaurant is moving into another former Kali's space that housed Tapas Adela.
Darin Mislan, a partner in Kali's Restaurant Group, said the group decided to pull out of Anastasia because it was similar to Kali's Court.
"Anastasia was kind of a duplicate,” he said.
In additioin to Kali's, they also wanted to focus on their other two restaurants: Mezze and the Admiral's Cup. The group is working to build out the second and third floors of the Admiral's Cup to create a beer-centric concept.