By Eric Sandler
March 13, 2013
Royal Oaks/Boondocks owner Shawn Bermudez gave Eater a tour of his two latest projects yesterday. Set to open next month in the formerly occupied by Nabi, Pistolero’s is a tacos and tequila concept that aims to bridge the gap in price and atmosphere between El Gran Malo and Cyclone Anaya’s. Coming in June, Stone’s Throw is a bar in the former Liquid space adjacent to Boondocks that will serve Texas craft beer and American spirits. Bermudez provided details on both spaces, which he is completely transforming.
The transformation at Pistolero’s begins in the dining room, where Bermudez has added new brickwork and reclaimed wood to provide a rustic feel. He also removed the office/closet that was adjacent to the entryway, which opened up the dining room and allowed the installation of a large booth along the wall. The wall adjacent to the entrance and the eastern wall will also be lined with booths that Bermudez plans to upholster in black. Although the bar’s position remains, the structure has been completely rebuilt and will be topped with copper-colored mosaic tile. That will reinforce the dramatic, copper-covered entryway that now fronts the restaurant.