Pearl Announces New Concept in Bottling Department this October: Chilaquil
Pearl is excited to announce the latest restaurant at the Bottling Department – Chilaquil – a concept focused on traditional Mexican fare and chilaquiles. Opening in October 2020, this will be Chilaquil’s first brick and mortar location, moving from its food truck operations. The new restaurant furthers Pearl’s mission to incubate talent in the San Antonio community by creating spaces for local chefs to grow their offerings and test out new menus all while providing delicious options for Pearl visitors. Chilaquil builds inspiration from the traditional Mexican fare of chilaquiles, enhancing the culinary experience at Pearl.
Chilaquil is a concept by husband-and-wife team Orlando and Susana Aguirre, who are originally from Mexico. Chilaquil’s menu offers traditional Mexican street and comfort food fare, with its focus being chilaquiles. Chilaquiles are a Mexican comfort food consisting of tortilla chips covered in salsa, cheese, and more. Chilaquil offers more elaborate versions of this traditional dish that also includes choice of beans, eggs, avocado, chicken, steak, pork, and nopalitos. Additionally, the restaurant offers tortas, mollettes, tacos, quesadillas, and other snacks. The menu will be priced between $3 and $12.
“I wanted to bring a traditional dish to San Antonio that was often hard to find at local restaurants, so that’s why we started Chilaquil,” said Chef and Owner Orlando Aguirre. “We have had such positive feedback and loyal customers from our food truck that it evolved into having this opportunity for our first brick and mortar location! Moving into the Pearl Food Hall is so exciting and we can’t wait to share our recipes with a new audience.”
Chilaquil’s menu will feature its namesake chilaquiles served over refried black beans, a wide selection of tacos available on three kinds of tortillas, and a variety of tortas made from baked, crusty bolillos, as well as several botana snack options. Chilaquil also offers a selection of popular soft drinks imported from Mexico. The menu will have slight changes, but customers can expect all the favorites from the current menu offerings.
“This extremely creative duo brings a great flavor to the Bottling Department,” said Elizabeth Fauerso, chief marketing officer of Pearl. “We are very excited to welcome Chilaquil and continue refreshing the offerings at Pearl, giving people a variety of cuisines and experiences with each new concept.”
All Chilaquil’s offerings will be available to enjoy on the Bottling Department’s patio or for carryout. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m, closed on Mondays. During the era of COVID-19, Bottling Department is taking all the necessary precautions to make sure the experience is safe for both staff and guests—including additional sanitizing, frequent hand washing, mandatory masks for guests, associates, and operators, socially-distant tables, and offering hand sanitizer stations.
Chilaquil will open in October 2020 and cease its food truck operations; the restaurant will go into the space formerly occupied by SayTown Tacos, located at 312 Pearl Pkwy Building 6, San Antonio, TX 78215. An official opening date will be announced soon. For more information about Pearl, visit atpearl.com.
Pearl, located north of downtown San Antonio, provides a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination. The mixed-use space features retail, dining, picturesque green spaces, paseos riverside amphitheater, and the third campus of The Culinary Institute of America. As a former brewery operating from 1883 to 2001, Pearl reflects a vivid past while embracing the future with environmentally sustainable buildings mixed with historic architecture.
The 22-acre Pearl site is home to The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, the year-round Pearl Farmers Market, Hotel Emma and its restaurant Supper. Pearl restaurants include La Gloria by CIA graduate chef Johnny Hernandez; Savor from The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio; Blue Box Bar; Botika; The Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden; Cured; Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery; Bakery Lorraine; Local Coffee Founders; Jazz, TX; Lick Honest Ice Creams, Green Vegetarian Cuisine, and High Street Wine Co. The Bottling Department, San Antonio’s first food hall, includes restaurants Bud’s Southern Rotisserie, Fletcher’s Hamburgers, Tenko Ramen, and Mi Roti.
Pearl is also known for its shops, including The Sporting District, The Twig Book Shop, The Tiny Finch, Adelante Boutique, Ten Thousand Villages, LeeLee, Dos Carolinas, Niche at Pearl, Feliz Modern POP, and Bike World. Notable office tenants at Pearl include San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, Nature Conservancy, San Antonio Area Foundation, RBC Securities, The CE Group, Inc., WestEast Design Group, and The San Antonio Business Journal. Multi-family residences on property include The Can Plant, The Cellars luxury apartments with concierge-curated services, and Southline—the newest residence on the southern edge of the property and adjacent to the River. For more information, visit atpearl.com.