Takoba, the long-temporarily-shuttered Mexican restaurant in East Austin, is partially reopening in time for South by Southwest. The renovated back bar at 1411 East 7th Street, previously known as Cantina El Milamores and renamed Barzón, is now open.
Barzón’s revamped menu includes Mexican fare like flautas, sopes, guacamole, aguachile, esquites, pozole, tacos, empanadas, ceviche, and chile relleno. The bar serves beer and cocktails, and claims to have the largest mezcal selection in Austin (which seems unlikely given the sheer size of downtown mezcal bar Las Perlas).
The restaurant has a history of opening just in time for big events. Takoba shuttered “indefinitely” in January 2018 for renovations, but briefly reopened for World Cup viewing parties that June. Owner Jose De Loera first opened Takoba in 2010 and added the mezcal bar in 2013 (he also runs drive-thru taco restaurant El Tacorrido).
Barzón is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. The bar’s reopening party will be March 8.