On the Move

One of San Antonio's best restaurants mixes it up with move to Southtown

Top San Antonio restaurant mixes it up with move to Southtown

Diego Galicia and Rico Torres from Mixtli
Mixtli is heading south ... to Southtown. Photo courtesy of Mixtli

One of San Antonio's best restaurants is "mixtl-ing" it up. (Forgive us the pun.) Mixtli, the famed eatery from star chefs Rico Torres and Diego Galicia, is relocating from Olmos Park to Southtown sometime this fall.

The new Southtown spot, located 812 S. Alamo St., will offer more space for the award-winning chefs, including an open concept kitchen, a bigger dining room, and a new bar with a separate bar menu. After seven years as an in-demand San Antonio hot spot, Torres says the expanded space will allow Mixtli to welcome more guests while allowing the chefs to innovate in new ways.

“When we first opened Mixtli we didn't know what to expect or how our guests would receive it," Torres said in a release. "Because of its size and the exclusivity of the dinners, it was a difficult reservation to make. Now, seven years later, we are excited to move Mixtli into a larger space with a full bar and make our restaurant much more accessible and inviting."

Partnering on the design is San Antonio-based Villa Park Architects, an architecture, planning, and interiors firm. 

Along with the new bar menu, the new Southtown spot will feature an agave spirits cart that will circulate throughout the dining room. Guest will be able to select a spirit of their choice, which is then paired with salt to complete the experience.

"The cart is designed to be both interactive and educational," notes a release, and pays homage to Mexican spirits in the same way Torres and Galicia's food is designed to. In keeping with its current practice, Mixtli will continue to revamp the dishes every 45 days.

"The menu will still rotate every 45 days, traveling to the various regions and states of Mexico in each one of the dishes. If the state has a border with the ocean, the menu will begin on the coast and work inland, bringing dishes specifically from that region or state," notes the release. 

Since the city will likely still be battling through the COVID-19 pandemic when the new restaurant opens, Mixtli says it is taking "precautions" to ensure both its team and guests remain safe. 

"Every year comes with its challenges and 2020 is no different," said Galicia. "We knew moving Mixtli would be a thing to celebrate, but unfortunately, it comes at a time when our industry is hurting. I think San Antonio needs a reason and a place to celebrate the happy moments. Joy and celebrations don’t stop, and if we try our best to ensure our guests’ safety, we can celebrate as we should."

With the Southtown location slated to open this fall, Olmos Park will remain operational through September. Once up and running on South Alamo Street, Mixtli will be openTuesday through Saturday, with the first seating beginning at 5 pm.