The new Mexican restaurant from the Mamacita team is shaping up for a March opening in the former Eos space at Cole and Carl, and the team has decided on a new name: Padrecito. Last we’d heard, they’d had gone with Bocazote, after they were facing a possible legal challenge over their first choice, Papazote — which means "big daddy," and is a nice counterpoint to "mamacita," or "little mama," but also sounds a lot like popular burrito spot Papalote.
The team of Nate Valentine, Sam Josi, and Stryker Scales, who also own Tipsy Pig and Blue Barn Gourmet, have been working on the project for a full year now, after snapping up the space that was home to Eos for fifteen years. The original opening had been planned for last summer, but they weren’t able even to close the deal for the space until around then.
As we’d heard last winter, the plan is for a more "refined" version of Mamacita, but we don’t yet have a menu to share with you. The good news is that all the elapsed time has enabled the team to secure a full liquor license, so there won’t be any opening with just beer and wine, as was initially discussed. Valentine has been sharing a few teaser pics via Instagram, like the one above featuring pretty Mexican tile and a pressed tin ceiling being installed, and one of their logo in the form of a firebrand "P" pressed onto reclaimed wood.
We’ll update you as we learn more, but as of Saturday, Valentine was saying "about two weeks."