Former owner of Peruvian tapas lounge Sweet Devil Moon, Paul Vinces, joins Calle Latina in Decatur

If you were in Atlanta between 2001 and 2007, you may remember a Peruvian tapas lounge in Oakhurst and Midtown called Sweet Devil Moon. Ranked one of Atlanta Magazine’s Top 100 Restaurants, the lounge was featured in publications ranging from Southern Living to Zagat. The man behind the restaurant was Paul Vinces, and he now brings his knowledge of Latin American cuisine to Calle Latina in downtown Decatur.

Vinces comes to Calle Latina with a passion for food from his upbringing in Trujillo, Peru. As a child, he frequented markets with his grandmother to select fresh fruits, vegetables and fish to make succulent dishes including ceviche and conchas a la parmesana, as well as everyday dishes like arroz con pollo. He’s quick to educate those who don’t know about Peruvian cuisine, emphasizing its influences from Chinese, Japanese, German, Spanish, and Incan flavors.

Michael Condon of BaddaBing Catering opened Calle Latina last year to bring the authentic tastes of Latin American street food to Decatur. “With his deep knowledge of Latin American cuisine and passion for the restaurant business, Paul is the ideal person to manage Calle Latina and bring it to the next level,” Condon says. Vinces is most excited to expand the dinner options at Calle Latina to include dishes such as (Ceviche, Lomo Saltado, Arroz con Pollo), as well as his specialty sangria and a boutique wine list.