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Mateo Bar de Tapas in Durham may open next Wednesday

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Chef Matt Kelly hopes to open his new restaurant, Mateo Bar de Tapas, next Wednesday, in downtown Durham. 

If not, it will definitely be open by next weekend, Kelly says.

Kelly, the executive chef and an owner at Durham's Vin Rouge, is opening this restaurant in the old Book Exchange building at 109 W. Chapel Hill St.

The 4,000-square-foot restaurant space will seat 96 people, including 28 seats at the bar. There will be a private dining room on the second floor but that is still under construction.

The restaurant will be open for dinner on weekdays from 5-10 p.m. and on weekends from 5 p.m.-midnight. The bar will be open until 2 a.m. and they will serve a limited bar menu.

The main menu includes four types of ham, including two from Spain and two domestic; Spanish and local cheeses; and meat or seafood paella. The restaurant's slogan, "Spanish heart, Southern soul," can be seen all over the menu with its smoked bbq marcona almonds, chicken fried chicken skin with piquillo chow chow and the Huevo Diablo, or a Spanish deviled egg.

The wine menu includes an extensive list of sweet and dry sherries, as well as 3-ounce and 6-ounce pours of the wines by the glass.

To see the food and wine menus that Kelly shared with us, I've attached them below.

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Andrea Weigl has been the food writer at The News & Observer since the summer of 2007. She has won a handful of awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. Her profile of chef Ashley Christensen titled "A Force of Nature" will be published in the sixth edition of "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing." She is serving a three-year term on the James Beard Foundation book awards committee. Follow her on Twitter at @andreaweigl.