Classy Texas eatery, Loretta Bar, Now Open in Southtown, San Antonio

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  • Southtown’s new spot, Bar Loretta, is a partnership between Roger Herr and Paul Petersen, originally from San Antonio.

Loretta Bar, a highly anticipated restaurant specializing in modern Texan cuisine, is now open in the revamped Southtown space that previously housed Madhatter’s Tea House.

The new restaurant is a partnership between Roger Herr, a native of San Antonio, and chef Paul Petersen, another native of Alamo City.

A Monday Sneak Peek gave diners a sample of seasonal dishes, including spicy Gulf tomatillo shrimp, peach-glazed Texas quail, chili-lime Brussels sprouts, and cheesy polenta bites. of Texas goat. Based on crowd reaction, the latter – a chewy fried polenta stuffed with artisan goat cheese from Dallas’ Cheesemakers Inc. – is likely to become a Bar Loretta favorite.

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Loretta Bar is full of familiar, but updated, nooks and crannies.  - NINA RANGEL

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  • Loretta Bar is full of familiar, but updated, nooks and crannies.

The space, designed by Sarah, Herr’s wife, is both new and familiar. Madhatter devotees will recognize the original layout of the old space, but with the addition of rich colors and opulent details ranging from cozy dining nooks to golden bathroom soap dispensers.

The bar offers nearly four shelves of whiskey, which play an important role in the cocktails on the menu, including a selection of Manhattans and classic drinks. House specialties also include a Mezcal version of a spicy margarita.

The kitchen of Bar Loretta is open Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The bar is open Monday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Bar Loretta is located at 320 Beauregard Street, in the historic King William district. Guests can book on the restaurant’s website.

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