Billy Berkowitz, owner of Max's World -- which runs Max's Opera Cafe at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto and in San Francisco, among other outposts has partnered with Scott's Mountain View owner Steve Mayer. The two met by chance in a business group about six months ago.
"We love downtown Mountain View; we've been looking at that location for awhile. It was just through the powers that be that Steve and I got together," Berkowitz said Wednesday.
All of the Scott's Seafoods are independently owned, so Berkowitz and Mayer's partnership and the ensuing concept change only affect the Mountain View location. There are also restaurants in Palo Alto, San Jose and Oakland.
The 420 Castro St. space's last day as Scott's Seafood will be this Saturday, July 26, Berkowitz said. He's hoping to re-open around Sept. 8 as Mixx, a casual, fusion restaurant a mix of food elements, hence the name.
"There will be Latin and Asian in addition to American flavors," he said, adding that Mixx will be a spin off of the latest restaurant his family has opened (Vault 164, a contemporary American restaurant in downtown San Mateo).
He said there will be "snacks and share plates" like lacquered duck breast, dungeness crab dip with salt and vinegar chips, pork belly baos and scallops gratin. Entrees will include seared duck breast with plum demiglaze, fried chicken and waffles, short ribs bourguignon and a whole fried branzino in thai green curry.
Ryan Shelton, formerly of the recently shuttered Palo Alto Grill, will head the kitchen, Berkowitz said. Shelton previously cooked at Chez TJ in Mountain View and Palo Alto's Baume.
Berkowitz said he hopes to revamp the space to make it more social. He's converting a previously private banquet area in the back of the restaurant into a lounge with TV's, a shuffle board table and a hutch full of games. He'll also be introducing a bar cart called the "Mixxmaster" that will be rolled around the outdoor patio, offering a few featured cocktails, beer and wine.
It's the end of a mini seafood era for the Castro Street space. What was formerly the Cantankerous Fish was revamped and reopened as Scott's Seafood in 2012.
Sadly, Scott's MV just snagged -- for the second year in a row -- the Mountain View Voice's "Best Of" award for best seafood.