What do you think it is about Toro that makes people want it in places like Bangkok?
Bissonnette: Toro is inherently just fun. It’s a fun restaurant, and it’s also just really good. When people come to Toro, you have a lot of the things that they want. Somebody who might not necessarily be a foodie can go to Toro and feel like they had a really amazing time. It wasn’t about the food for them, but it was about the energy and the environment. And then somebody who is a foodie can come in and say, “Oh, wow. The food is interesting -- innovative and delicious.” Embodying that energy of nightlife tapas bars in Spain and Barcelona. It nails it. It’s the place where you just want to go and hang out.
Oringer: Usually, you go out to eat, and then you go out afterward to a club, or a bar, or whatever. But again, like Jamie said, the great thing about Toro is that you can have great food in a fun place. Sometimes the two don’t mix, you know? Our price point is definitely right, also. That’s the beauty of Spain. Like, the wines are obviously less expensive than France or California, so you can drink some pretty esoteric stuff for not a lot of money. And the food – paellas are festive, and people can share all these small plates, and it makes for a really fun night.