Hot ass


The Davis Square space that once housed the restaurant Gargoyles on the Square has awoken from a long slumber — or rather, siesta. The spot just became the new home of The Painted Burro (219 Elm Street, Somerville, 617.776.0005), a colorful Mexican joint filled with bright, bold, Día de los Muertos–inspired murals by local artist Raul Gonzalez. The 94-seat setting is “farm chic,” and the menu, designed by chefs Joe Cassinelli and Dante Bua, focuses largely on the country’s southwestern Oaxaca region. The entrée offerings sound fairly refined: think fish cooked in banana leaves, chicken liver with sesame mole, and rabbit tamales. But we also love the fact that Burro boasts a late-night taco menu, a 100-bottle-strong tequila selection, and — get this! — 22-ounce and 40-ounce beers served in paper bags. Color us tickled.