Back in April, news broke regarding a third restaurant by Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico, a South Street West Mexican restaurant called Tio Flores. The space went through a bit of back-and-forth regarding its tenant: the landlord originally slotted the restaurant for Fetfatzes and Annechiarico, then after a sudden change of heart, he gave the space to a NYC-based Mexican restaurant, Calexico, and it didn't go so well. Now back in the able hands of The Cambridge and Hawthorne's owners, the property on 1600 South Street will open as Tio Flores next week, on Wednesday, November 18.
The spot, originally described as a neighborhood restaurant, nails the aesthetic with a colorful bar full of Mexican tchotchkes, big communal tables, selfie-worthy bathrooms, craft beer, (stiff) draft margaritas, agua fresca-based cocktails, and a fun menu by El Vez vet Jorge Reyes. Ask Chris Fetfatzes, and he won't describe the space as fancy, nor divey — just relaxed, fun and casual. "A place for people to get f***ed up, elegantly."
Bar hours will be until 2:00 a.m., 7 days a week, with the kitchen open until 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 1:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. And like the Fetfatzes tend to do, drinking will be made more accessible at Tio Flores via the Quick Sip delivery program Hawthorne's has been implementing for months. The only difference being that you can get six-packs and tacos, delivered right to your front door until midnight, on the reg.
"Our third album will be a fun one," says Fetfatzes. Stay tuned for menu updates.