Monday October 07, 2013 | 02:45 PM

Chef Shannon Bard and her husband Tom are in the planning stages for their third restaurant, which will feature the food and wine of sunny Spain.

Tom Bard confirmed today that he is working on a location and hoping to open in early summer, 2014. Depending on the space, he said the atmosphere could either be quite casual (he mentioned Boston's super-hot Toro as a reference), or somewhat more upscale than Zapoteca, the Bards successful Mexican restaurant in Portland.

The menu will naturally include tapas, as well as more substantial dishes, with cocktails as a "major component," he said. Seafood will be prominently featured and culinary influences will be drawn from Spain's east coast, from Barcelona south to Gibraltar.  The Bards will travel to Spain for research this winter.

The Bards and managing partner Sergio Ramos opened Zapoteca in 2011 and their second restaurant, Mixteca, in Durham, N.H., last March.

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Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

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