Tequila and taco bar Pistolero's opens today at 4:00 p.m. in the former Nabi space on lower-Westheimer. Owner Shawn Bermudez, whose Montrose empire includes Boondocks, Royal Oak, clothing stores and two food trucks, has transformed the space with a "Mexican pop-art" aesthetic: a mix of movie posters, dia de los muertos artifacts and other elements. As Bermudez described in March's Plywood Report, the space has been decorated with copper tile and reclaimed wood. New booths line three of the walls.
On the menu, chef Brandon Shillings offers a mix of sharable plates, such as a smoked ceviche and elote, along with a dozen tacos (including oxtail, mole pork, lengua) available in corn or flour tortillas. There's also a burger, tortas and four larger entrees.
Bermudez developed the cocktail menu
himself in collaboration with manager Ashley Montgomery. In addition to the house margarita, there are 14 specialty drinks on the menu and over three dozen tequilas available. So far, there are four infused tequilas available: wild berry, olive/caper, peppercorn/serrano/cilantro and pineapple/jalapeno.
Pistolero's will be open from 4:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. through Friday. Lunch service begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and continues every day after that. Weekend brunch will follow in the next month or so.