The Vazquez family, known for concepts like Sabor and Cocina Mexicana, is bringing a new upscale seafood restaurant to the Stone Oak area in San Antonio.
Located at the corner of Hardy Oak and Stone Oak, Arenas Marisqueria and Lounge will open its doors to the public in November. Bringing over 30 years of restaurant industry experience to the concept, the family's long-time friend and business associate Isaac Soto and family of the well-known Moonlight Ballroom event space are partnering with the Vazquez family on this new venture, according to a release.
"All of the recipes are family recipes," says co-owner, Luis Vazquez, in the release. "They're our take on classic Latin dishes. We want to evoke the sense of being at a classier resort-style restaurant in Cancun or Cabo, but ultimately, we want to be authentic to ourselves and create our own favorite restaurant ... a place we would like to go to enjoy a cocktail and some good food, and we hope San Antonio feels the same way!"
Featuring delectable, scratch-made dishes, highlights of the menu will include mojarra chicharron and camarones mojo de ajo, designed by executive chef Luis Vazquez Sr., whose signature soup, Levanta Muertos, will start every meal.
"We've been wanting to do a seafood restaurant for a really long time. We love seafood, and my dad makes a great ceviche. Everything, honestly, is so delicious. The shrimp enchiladas are my brother-in-law's favorite," says Vasquez Sr., in a statement. "Our goal is to differentiate ourselves from the other Latin seafood restaurants in San Antonio. We're not reinventing the wheel, but the goal is to be more subtle, more refined."
And lest thirsty San Antonians fear, the cocktails will also flow from the restaurant's craft cocktail bar.
"Our cocktail menu will be one of the big centerpieces of Arenas. Some of our cocktails are pretty unique," says Vasquez.
Arenas Marisqueria and Lounge will be located at 19903 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 202.