Now Open: The Piropos Grille in Parkville
Restaurateur Gary Worden admits it: Some people are going to be confused about the new Piropos Grille in Parkville.
|Gary and Christina Worden|
For one thing, the restaurant isn’t really new. It’s the old Piropos, the classy Argentinian steakhouse that Worden and his wife Christina, a native of Buenos Aires, opened in April 2001 in what was then a new building with a spectacular view on a bluff above downtown Parkville. The restaurant was immediately successful and in 2007, the Wordens moved Piropos to a bigger and more elaborate venue in Briarcliff Village, where it continues to operate today. The Parkville building was no longer operated as a restaurant but as a busy catering facility for wedding receptions and banquets.
But when the economy tanked, a lot of wedding reception business dried up. By 2009, the Parkville venue wasn’t getting the bookings it had enjoyed the previous two years. So the Wordens decided to re-open it as a restaurant. And here’s where things get a little confusing: Instead of creating a new concept, the Wordens decided to turn it into a less costly grill, serving exclusively Argentinian fare (the Briarcliff Piropos offers a variety of South American dishes). So, a few weeks ago, the Piropos Grille began serving grilled steaks, chops, seafood and chicken.