05 Sep 2017

Mexican bar and restaurant El Capo to open in Nottingham city centre



Margarita by the litre, cocktails in skull glasses and a 2ft long burrito are on the horizon when new tequila bar and Mexican cantina El Capo opens in Nottingham.

The new venue is offering one lucky group of four the chance to eat and drink there for free each week for a WHOLE YEAR.

Specialising in South American tapas, tequila and mezcal, El Capo will stagger the opening - with drinks from September 22 and food from October 12.

And it will be pushing the boat out with free margaritas for the opening weekend and a fortnight of half price food following the launch of its “downright dirty" menu.

Work is currently underway to transform the Rum House in Broad Street in Hockley into a South American cantina with Latin-influenced beats and artwork.

It follows an earlier bid to take over the former Coco Lounge in George Street which councillors rejected amid fears that noise would affect residents of nearby flats.

Nottingham is the second site for El Capo, which started out in Manchester’s thriving Northern Quarter three years ago, the brainchild of owner Pete Skelton.

Over on Facebook, the bar, which will be open until 3am, has launched 50 reasons for Nottingham to love El Capo.

Among them is the Marga-litre, a litre of the classic tequila cocktail, margerita. There are also the cocktails served in skull glasses and a 24 inch burrito, costing £30.

What else is in store?

Mexican beers Modelo and Pacifico, wine, South American wine, muchas tequilas and mezcal, prosecco and cocktails with names to test your GCSE/holiday Spanish - El Bambino (the child) and La Esposa Tashita (the wife) or the less taxingly-titled Vodka Long and Fruity or Cocktail With No Name.

South American tapas and Mexican street food favourites such as burritos, tacos, fajitas, enchiladas and quesadillas are on the menu with a choice of fillings including chicken, beef and kale, plus mushroom manchengo.

There are wings and nachos, tortas (Mexican sandwiches), grills, and bigger dishes like the Big Ass Chilli Burger.

When Pete opened El Capo in the Northern Quarter, he told the Manchester Evening News: “I fell in love with South American cooking in New Zealand; I bartended with a South American guy and he and his girlfriend used to cook for me.

"My favourite South American dish is ceviche, which is fish resting in lemon and lime juice and the acidity cooks the fish. You get the full flavour of the fish and the lime - that was the door opener, it had to be on the menu.

“The tapas is very international, with Paraguayan, West Coast and Colombian flavours - all geeked up with a bit of history!”

Click for source article from Nottingham Post