The Betelnut space will live again, courtesy of Flores, the new Mexican restaurant from Back of the House Restaurant Group (led by empire-builder Adriano Paganini). Paganini has partnered with Luis Flores, chef/partner in the group's other Mexican concept, Uno Dos Tacos, to lead the space as general manager, with Lolinda executive chef Alejandro Morgan in charge of the food.
The team plans to closely honor traditional Mexican heritage and food, though also emphasize a focus on “fun,” something that will be a welcome addition to the sports bar-filled Union Street. Morgan is getting geeky about tortillas, saying it’s what he most looks forward to in the new restaurant.
He’ll be making those fresh tortillas by hand using fresh masa (something seen at other new restaurants like Cala). Dishes include mole negro poblano, duck confit enchiladas, and citrus-roasted pork shoulder carnitas. Cocktails (including margaritas), mezcals, and tequilas will all be on offer, as well. You can see the food menu in full below.
Flores will soft open the weekend of November 25 with very limited availability, and officially open its doors to the public on Monday, November 28. Hours will be Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 12 p.m.