Tequila Lounge: New Mexican Restaurant Opens in Vancouver

Tequila Lounge: New Mexican Restaurant Opens in Vancouver
Tequila Lounge: New Mexican Restaurant Opens in Vancouver

Tequila Cocina in North Vancouver may have closed its doors, but the Mexican restaurant has already reopened in a new location.

Tequila Lounge is in the final stages of preparation to begin a new chapter in Gastown at 136 W Cordova St in the historic Woodward’s Building. The Mexican restaurant and bar replaces sports bar concept The Cordova, which operated in the space for a year before closing in May.

Owner Francisco Sonora tells VIA in a phone interview that the plan was to find a larger location. The North Vancouver location had 79 seats, while the new location has nearly 300.

Tequila Lounge, which features an extensive food and drink menu that builds on the restaurant’s existing offerings and favorites, isn’t the company’s only Vancouver location. There’s a Tequila Cocina at 1224 Granville St.

As for the brand’s expansion, Sonora says the new location will feature a number of exciting new dishes and drinks, many of which will have some sort of dynamic component when they hit the table, like “a little bit of fire,” he hints. Other specialty drinks will be served in Insta-worthy vessels, like a little tub.

“It’s going to be fun!” says Sonora.

For a sweet ending, Tequila Lounge’s menu features a new dessert where the waiter cracks open a chocolate shell for a real wow factor.

The new restaurant will also add a number of seafood dishes to the menu. Sonora describes Tequila Lounge’s menu as “modern Mexican,” drawing from across the vibrant country rather than just one region.

Additionally, Tequila Lounge will have its own tortilla specialist on staff who will make all of the fresh tortillas for the restaurant’s tacos and more in the early morning hours.

The vibrant atmosphere you can expect at Tequila Lounge includes live entertainment, including mariachi bands every Friday night from 7pm to 9pm

Once Tequila Lounge is able to open its doors, the restaurant will serve brunch, lunch and dinner. It will be open from 11am during the week and 10am on the weekends.

A grand opening party, with live music, is in the works. “It’s going to be a party!” says Sonora. “We want to invite everyone to come and see what we’re all about,” he adds.

Currently, Tequila Lounge is finalizing some details and awaiting a final inspection from the city before they can set an opening date. However, Sonora hopes to have the restaurant serving tacos and fun drinks before the end of July.

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