Like many of our city’s food-crazy citizens, we can’t get enough of the revolutionary dishes coming out of Eagle Rock’s Cacao Mexicatessen, which merges enlightened culinary wizardry and gleaming product to a progressive Mexican menu that flies its Mayan and Aztec roots. Fortunately, L.A. is getting a lot more Mexicatessen soon, as the restaurant’s staff tells Grub Street that the Lujan family’s cafe is taking over the space that’s long been occupied by their parents’ neighboring flower shop, Eufloria Flowers, for the development, with an unveiling projected in roughly three months.
Cacao will add about 40 new seats, but is even more excited to acquire a beer and wine license around the same time for a beverage program that will specialize in wines from Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe as well as the kind of Mexican-owned wineries from NorCal that will featured at this Friday’s East L.A. Meets Napa event.
Additional imbibing plans include draft craft beers, beer and cocktails like micheladas and wine margaritas, and an embrace of Mexican beers. Knowing Cacao, we just hope that means some of Mexico’s rare independent brewers and not the usual lager-pushing suspects from Grupo Modelo.