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Top S.A. paella eatery opens 2nd, downtown-area location

August 20, 2018

The downtown area welcomed its newest restaurant and bar space Friday with the opening of San Antonio’s second Toro Kitchen + Bar location.

After a lengthy renovation process that dates back to November, the restaurant adds life to St. Paul Square at 1142. E. Commerce St., featuring a lunch, brunch and dinner menu that is heavy on Spanish dishes such as paella and various tapas. Toro also keeps a large variety of Spanish wines in house.

“The menu will be exactly the same (as the Stone Oak location),” co-owner Gerardo De Anda said. “The biggest difference is that we have a much bigger space (2,500 square feet) that’s more convenient for tourists and downtown residents.”

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Toro also features a downstairs bar area with a speakeasy feel that operates separately as Cellar Mixology. The logo for the bar features a rose bloom above the letter “C.” Hector Vargas has created a new lineup of specialty cocktails in the space that include drinks made with liquid nitrogen, house infusions and a little smoke.

“This will be an an entirely new concept for us,” De Anda said. “The rose used to be a sign of secrecy for meetings and whatnot. We’ll be featuring a lot of modern drinks in that space and a small food menu that will include charcuterie.”

Cellar Mixology, which is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, also operates as a cozy live music venue and is equipped with a piano.

Toro Kitchen + Bar (Downtown), 1142 E. Commerce St., 210-592-1075. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Fridays, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturdays, 12 p.m. 6 p.m. Sundays. Online: torokitchenandbar.com. Facebook: ToroKitchenandBar.

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