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Sauce Magazine – Sal y Limón will bring authentic Mexican cuisine to Brentwood later this year in the former Houlihan space

Sal y Limón will bring authentic Mexican cuisine to Brentwood later this year in the former Houlihan space

The team behind Padrinos Mexican Restaurant is launching a new concept called Sal y Limón at 1221 Strassner Drive in Brentwood. Sal y Limón (“salt and lemon” in Spanish) will occupy the space of the old Houlihan with an opening scheduled for November or December this year.

Both concepts are co-owned by Christina Robles and her husband, Enrique Robles, along with chefs Ciro Trapala and Rafa Rosas. “We will always bring that family feeling that we have [at Padrino’s], but it will accommodate the surrounding community. The menu will feature classic Mexican fare, but we’ll be adding steak platters to kick it up a notch,” said Christina Robles.

Almost 80% of the Padrinos menu will be transferred to Sal y Limón. Street tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, lunch specials and kids’ menu will look very similar. However, Sal y Limón will feature more authentic Mexican cuisine and move away from the Tex-Mex and American options offered at Padrinos. The menu will likely change over time and specials will be added to keep things fresh. Chefs Rosas and Trapala will split cooking time between the two locations when Sal y Limón opens.

“We want people who can’t travel to Mexico to be able to eat here as the best thing to do,” Robles said.

In addition to marinated steak, the menu at Sal y Limón will likely feature pozole soup as a specialty. Hominy, pork ribs and peppers will be added to the caldo, or broth. The pozole will be served with a side of tostadas for dipping with fresh radishes, cilantro, cabbage and chopped onion for garnish.

The full-service bar will have more room to grow in Sal y Limón with high-end tequilas and high-end margaritas, as well as bottled and draft Mexican beers, red sangria and a handful of wine options.

The owners acquired the lease in early August and began updating it for a cleaner, modern look while maintaining the classic Mexican restaurant vibe. The bar top will feature new custom Talavera tiles hand painted by a California artisan. Tables and bar seats will have access to the USB port. Wall-mounted TVs will feature various sports. The 6,000 square foot dining room inside will accommodate nearly 200 seats. The 3,000 square foot patio will accommodate between 50 and 75 people. The patio will likely be available for hire for private events and parties.

Sal y Limón will offer catering and takeout when it opens, as well as delivery through third-party apps. Scheduled hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes