Straight from the delay wire, new Tex-Mex spot The El Cantina Superior will actually be opening tomorrow, July 4. It was expected to open in early June, but as the Gastronaut points out, nothing ever opens on time in Houston. At the El's helm is local restaurateur Ken Bridge, the Delicious Concepts founder who also owns Pink's Pizza, Lola, Shepherd Park Draught House and Witchcraft Tavern & Provisions.
The El Cantina will stand in the space that once housed 1940s gas station Conoco, at the corner of Studewood and White Oak, facing Little Woodrow's on one side and Fitzgerald's on the other. Katharine Shilcutt notes that the storefront is an homage to Montrose institutions, some past and some still thriving. With vintage memorabilia filling the space and extending to the outside of the building, the restaurant's namesake can be found just above the entrance: When a fan of Bridge's projects asked where the name came from, granted that "el" already means "the" in Spanish, the explanation is that the "big boss has a really cool, classic El Camino, which he started calling 'The El' for short. And here we are." The new spot will serve classic Tex-Mex staples, fajitas and melted cheese-topped enchiladas alongside margaritas. Chef David Coffman, who left Goro & Gun shortly after its debut last year, will be consulting on the menu here and at Bridge's other concepts.
· The El Cantina Superior [Facebook]
· The El Cantina Opens Its Doors Tomorrow [Gastronaut]
· The El Cantina Superior [Official Site]
The El Cantina Superior [Photo: Facebook]