La Bamba, Sister to El Burro Loco, to Open in Downtown St. Louis


La Bamba, like El Burro Loco, plans to offer a voluminous menu of margaritas. - MABEL SUEN
  • La Bamba, like El Burro Loco, plans to offer a voluminous menu of margaritas.

El Burro Loco (313 N. Euclid Avenue, 314-224-5371) is getting ready to double the fun — the popular Mexican spot in the Central West End will be opening a second location within the next few weeks. And yes, that means more than 100 different margaritas, more than 370 tequilas and a festive atmosphere, only this time downtown.

The restaurant, which will be called La Bamba, is set for 1101 Lucas Avenue, just behind the Flamingo Bowl. The space previously held Mango Peruvian Cuisine before it moved around the corner to Wash Avenue in 2016.

Fernando Mendieta, who is the general manager at El Burro Loco, is leading the ownership group at the new concept, says partner Jaime Hernandez.

Hernandez says the new restaurant may prove a "slightly more laidback" version of its sibling, which opened in January 2015.

"El Burro Loco can get pretty wild," he acknowledges. "This is definitely still a fun, authentic environment, but this will be a place you can bring the family and have a fun environment." El Burro Loco's famed mariachis, he adds, may limit appearances to the weekends.

But like its older sibling, the new place also has a sizable patio, with seating for about eighty. Another 160 people should fit comfortably inside, Hernandez says.

The menu will include meats roasted "al pastor," as well as other specialties from El Burro Loco, Hernandez says. Many decor elements come directly from Mexico. "The interior is beautiful," he promises.

And the place should be open by the first week of April, if not sooner. Hernandez says the partners are just waiting on the computer system and then should be up and running.

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