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Carlos Santana, restaurateur

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Carlos_lFollowing in the footsteps of many super celebrityentrepreneurs, Carlos Santana announced that he will be opening a trio ofrestaurants in Northern California, all under the nameof his popular single, “Maria Maria.” This latest venture is justanother branch on the tree of products by the musician, who already has a line of women’sshoes, a fragrance, a sparkling wine, instruments, and a hotel to his name. TheMaria Maria restaurants will “deliver authentic Mexican cuisine in anatmosphere inspired by his music.” Here’s a sneak peek of what (we imagine) you mightfind inside.

Upon entering, patrons will be spritzed with Carlos byCarlos Santana, the fragrance. They will be given a glass of “SantanaDVX” Sparkling Wine, and serenaded by the sounds of Santana Guitar Modelsfrom Paul Reed Smith Guitars and LP Aspire Santana Series Congas and Bongosplaying “Oye como va.

On the menu:

Samba pa ti — an exciting appetizer of scallopand shrimp ceviche
Smooth — a sensual puree of black bean soup, topped with crèmefraiche
Cry Baby Cry — a plate of ultra spicy enchiladas
One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison) — the house special tequila cocktail… so good itcan’t be legal!
Wings of Grace — come in mild, spicy chipotle, and ¡en fuego!
Evil Huevos — deviled eggs, natch.

Indeed, the entire experience promises to be like getting hooked up intravenously to Carlos’ musical soul. Plus, all the food will be organic, or as Carlos calls it, super-natural.