The Esquire Tavern Announces Reopening Date on November 13 with New Food & Beverage Offerings
Jeret Peña re-joins the Esquire Tavern team as the head of the bar program –
– New signature cocktails and menu items will be available starting this week–
Restaurateur Chris Hill is pleased to announce the reopening of The Esquire Tavern for dine in service on Friday, November 13, 2020. The restaurant and bar, which has been closed for dine in service since March, will feature many of the same signature menu items that patrons love, but will also feature new cocktails and dishes from new members of the kitchen team and bar program.
Native San Antonian and notable bar owner, Jeret Peña, will head up the beverage program at the Esquire Tavern. The reopening of the restaurant marks Jeret Peña’s return to the restaurant and bar. He previously led the bar program after the establishment’s remodel in 2011. Under his leadership, the Esquire Tavern was nominated for Outstanding Bar Program at the James Beard Awards in 2012. After launching other successful bars like The Brooklynite and Still Golden Social House, Peña is returning to his role as Beverage Director at the Esquire Tavern.
“I cut my teeth at the Esquire Tavern years ago so this feels like a homecoming in a sense,” said Beverage Director Jeret Peña. “The Esquire Tavern is such a staple in downtown San Antonio and I’m looking forward to being back and putting my spin on the beverage program here.”
The bar menu at the Esquire Tavern will feature a handful of new cocktails like the Cradle of Life, a refreshing gin and cucumber mix, and the Bidi Bidi Conundrum, a mezcal, passionfruit and pineapple blend as well as some of Pena’s former creations at the Esquire like Mas Chingoni, a tequila and mezcal concoction. The Esquire Tavern will also feature classic cocktails like the French 75, Margarita, Hot Toddy and more in addition to its extensive beer and wine offerings.
The kitchen at the Esquire Tavern will be led by Chef de Cuisine Emilio Baez and Executive Chef Joseph Garcia. The menu will feature crowd favorites like the Big Red Empanada, Esquire Bologna Melt and more, but will also feature new items like Pork Schnitzel, the Barros Sandwich, beef tenderloin served with a house pebre sauce and smoked gouda on a sweet roll, and the Fried Seafood Platter with beer-battered cod, fried gulf shrimp and more.
“We’ve hopefully put the time we’ve been closed to good use,” said Owner Chris Hill. “We have installed filters in the AC system, swapped out to touchless toilets and made other COVID-19 related improvements, as well as upped the ante at the bar with frozen drink machines – in general, we just put some polish on the old girl and we think she’s ready for a night out!”
The nearly 87 year old establishment temporarily closed its doors over the summer at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Esquire Tavern will reopen at 75% capacity and will follow COVID-19 safety guidelines to ensure 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, temperature checks of employees, regular COVID-19 testing of employees, and hand sanitizer stations throughout.