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Bar Amá new Tex-Mex to open downtown

May 4, 2012 |  5:55 pm

Bar Ama's upcoming location
Josef Centeno, the chef behind downtown restaurant Bäco Mercat, expects to open a new Tex-Mex spot called Bar Amá this fall, located in a 2,100-square-foot space that includes the former Urban Noodle (which closed last weekend) on 4th Street.

If all goes as planned, "it's going to be a bar with a heavy emphasis on food," Centeno said, who is from San Antonio, Texas. "it's going to be inspired from recipes by my great-grandmother, grandmothers and mom."

Centeno plans to serve his interpretation of Tex-Mex dishes with tacos, his great-grandmother's enchiladas, roasted meats and vegetables from a wood-burning oven, fajitas, queso fundido and his grandmother's menudo on the weekends. The bar, which will feature a large seating area, will be tequila- and mezcal-based with only Mexican beers on tap.

Bar Amá, 118 W. 4th St., Los Angeles.


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Photo: The location that will soon house new Tex-Mex spot Bar Amá. Credit: Jenn Harris