DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Although opening day was originally planned for Dec. 15, chef Josef Centeno opened his new Downtown restaurant on Thursday during Art Walk.
Bar Amá, his 2,156-square-foot Tex-Mex eatery pays homage to the food he grew up with made by the women in his family with dishes like fajitas, cabrito (young goat, a common Southwest meal), grilled meats, char-roasted salsas along with Mexican beers on tap, tequilas and mescal.
Centeno signed the lease for the space at 118 W. Fourth St. in May and combined the 1,115 square-foot spot that once housed Urban Noodle with another then vacant space next door to create Bar Amá.
He opened Bäco Mercat in late 2011 and before that he opened and co-owned Lazy Ox with restaurateur Michael Cardenas in 2009. Centeno left Lazy Ox in February to focus on Bäco and opened his new place in the Old Bank District so he could be within walking distance of both of his Downtown restaurants.
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