Matador Opens, and Los Shucos Returns (!)


The tiled bar at Matador. Photo: Tatiana Grebennik.


Seating at Matador. Photo: Tatiana Grebennik.


The prickly pear margarita at Matador. Photo courtesy of Miriam Lipton.

Here’s a quick roundup of openings for you, starting with ~MATADOR~, which we first told you about in detail back in December. To recap, this is the taco bar and tequileria (with frozen margaritas, holla!) opening in the former Sugar Café. Sugar owner Keith Goodman has brought in Miriam Lipton (Tender) and Kris Esqueda (Huxley) to create, design, and operate the venture, one of the few Mexican restaurants with booze serving the Union Square and TenderNob area.

You can take a look at the menu here. Matador will be open daily for lunch and dinner (11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm) and the bar is open 3pm-5pm and until 11pm Fri-Sat (but no food service except for chips, salsa, and guacamole); eventually they plan to serve until 2am on the weekend. 679 Sutter St. at Taylor.

Great news: after being forced to close ~LOS SHUCOS~ due to a tragic fire last year, owner Sofia Keck is finally reopening on Saturday February 13th. But as this piece in the Scoop notes, she will only be open Thu-Sun. She started catering during the closure and found it to be lucrative, so she is going to continue with it. Look for new items on the menu, including chicken sausages and “mixtas” (a Guatemalan hot dog in a taco). New hours will be Thu and Sun 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12:30am.