Most everyone has dined at El Nopal on South Drive, however as they prepare to open their new location the dining experience will be vastly different. That is what company member Antonio Cazares said was their goal when they embarked on the new restaurant. “Everything is renovated and updated,” he said.
The décor is authentic Mexican with hand painted murals, fixtures from their hometown in Mexico, a revamped menu, expanded drink selection, new management and staff, new point of contact system, patio seating and a full bar. Pending a final health inspection, they hope to open next week. Cazares said the bar, above, will feature draft beer from 12 taps, a big screen TV, bar seating, table seating and it’s own sound system.
They will offer monthly food specials and a daily happy hour from 5 p.m. until closing. The food should come faster, be better quality and a larger quantity from the full size kitchen. The old location had a tiny kitchen with limited room for staff to prepare meals. The new kitchen has ample space for several cooks and wait staff. The menu will feature a new street taco style dish called molcajetes served on a volcanic stone bowl. It’s worth Googling and preparing to share.
The open plan dining area has space for up to 23 tables/booths, each with beautifully painted tables and chair backs depicting authentic Mexican scenes as well as 12 seats on the patio that features a working fireplace, four TVs and huge fans.
Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The old location will be shut down when the new restaurant opens. Owner is Rodolfo Vargas.