Sauce Magazine – Tres Equis will open this weekend in south St. Louis with Locoz Tacoz food truck helming the kitchen
Tres Equis opens this weekend in south St. Louis with the Locoz Tacoz food truck running the kitchen
Tres Equis, the newest Mexican bar and restaurant in St. Louis, is slated to open on Saturday, February 13th, after a gentle opening on Thursday, February 11th. Business partners Matthew Stelzer and Jeff Lyell combine their expertise in beer and margaritas with the authentic Mexican food from Locoz Tacoz.
The new restaurant is located at 3169 Morgan Ford Road in the Tower Grove South neighborhood. “It’s right next to the Amsterdam Tavern, which is very convenient,” said Lyell, who has 13 years of experience in the bar at the Amsterdam Tavern next to Stelzer. The two restaurants have adjacent beer gardens, which makes it the perfect outdoor seating.
Tres Equis, which means “three X” in Spanish, comes from the three X’s in the Amsterdam Tavern logo. (The Amsterdam city sign has three Xs.) When asked for the name of the restaurant, Lyell remembers thinking, “Why don’t we call it three Xs, Tres Equis, and stick to the X- Theme.”
They wanted to set up the restaurant so “people can get in and out. We have a stand-up bar area and a few seats in the restaurant. “The adjacent beer garden is the ideal place to have margarita and tacos. “With the Amsterdam Tavern next door, you can take your food there and eat and basically just go back and forth between the two.”
The chef and co-owner Tyler Garcia of the local food truck Locoz Tacoz is responsible for the food at Tres Equis. “There will be a pretty big menu compared to their food truck,” Lyell said. “You plan to start slowly, but new menu items will be introduced over time.” However, the same menu that was served by the food truck is available immediately. Expect products like fish tacos, chicken tinga tacos, and al-pastor tacos to begin.
Aside from the cuisine at Tres Equis, the bar has many fan favorites like sangria, margaritas, a full list of Mexican beers, and an exclusive draft beer from Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. called Tres Equis Especial. “We didn’t want a huge drinks menu, we just wanted to keep it nice, neat and tidy so people could find their favorite drink,” Lyell said. “We’ll keep our margaritas in individual to-go containers like a Capri Sun for people to use when they just want to take their tacos and eat wherever they want.”
It is currently planned to be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. However, opening times may change in the future, including possible closings on weekdays, later on weekends, as required. “Sometime over the weekend, when there are big games over the weekend, we open at 6am and serve breakfast tacos so all football fans can have something to eat,” said Lyell. “The neighborhood is enthusiastic and so are we. I mean who doesn’t want tacos? “
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