Southtown

Intimate new Southtown lounge mixes craft cocktails and Tejano street food

New Southtown lounge mixes craft cocktails and Tejano street food

Bucho Sliders Amor Eterno
The Bucho Sliders at Amor Eterno. Photo courtesy of Amor Eterno

An intimate new craft cocktail bar is shaking things up in Southtown. Amor Eterno is opening this fall at 540 S. Presa St., the space formerly occupied by Don Martin's Coffee Co. and directly behind the historic Bar America. The bar will offer an "elevated experience of craft cocktails and food in an intimate setting and atmosphere," notes a September 17 release.

Amor Eterno is partnering with popular pop-up ¡Bucho! for a food program consisting of Tejano street fare. Guests can choose from a curated menu of mini tacos of carnitas, pescado, ceviche, and mojo verde; chipotle agave wings; Tejano Cubano sliders; a Puro San Anto grilled cheese sandwich; elote tater tots, and more. Best part? Each item will cost between $5-$10.

“I wanted to bring something to Southtown that complemented the already many great places to grab something to eat or drink in our neighborhood. At the same time I also wanted to incorporate our culture and pay homage to my family who has been in that neighborhood for close to 40 years,” said Brian Correa in a release.

Correa is part of a powerhouse team launching the new space. He is joined by Aaron Peña, a longtime local entrepreneur who also owns The Squeezebox on the St. Mary’s Strip.

“Squeezebox was my first bar and I love what we created there,” said Peña. “But with Amor Eterno I felt it was time for a concept that showcased a proper representation of our culture in a rapidly changing city. I believe that representation matters, and it is very important to us to create a space in this historic building to preserve a family legacy, to be visible and represented, and to continually grow with our city.”

As the concept firms up its craft cocktail and food menus, an exact opening date has not yet been revealed, but Amor Eterno says it will open sometime this fall.