Penca Restaurante is reopening with an extended patio & new menu items

The doors closed months ago, but Penca Restaurante is ready to share all of the changes they’ve made during its grand reopening on Friday, October 2.

“It’s been a long six months,” said Patricia Schwabe, owner of Penca Restaurante. “But with new safety measures in place, a wonderfully supportive staff, and a fantastic new menu, I feel that we are ready to welcome everyone back.”

Penca Restaurante

Photo courtesy of Penca Restaurante

To get things rolling, Penca will be open for dinner from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday – Sunday, with seating limited to 50 guests, both indoors and on the new street-side patio.

Aside from that, there are new dishes on the menu, too.

What’s happening in the back of the house

In the kitchen, chef Christopher Miranda leads the culinary team, who previously worked at Alinea and Wood restaurants in Chicago and locally at The Parish. The menu will still feature many of the original favorites like Tacos de Lengua, Queso Fundido, Chile Relleno, and Nopales Tacos.

Nopales Tacos at Penca (Credit: Claire Kaufman)

Nopales Tacos at Penca (Credit: Claire Kaufman)

Additions to the menu

Some of the new creations up for grabs are the Plato de Tamales, Calabaza Verde, and Guajalote Rojo — braised turkey and chile de ancho salsa.

Most of the dishes will be available for take-out, too, if you’d rather eat at home.

Behind the bar

Pouring the creative concoctions is returning bar manager and sommelier, Bryan Eichorst. They’ve got a new cocktail menu that also includes a spiffy selection of craft beer, wine, and take-out options in 32-ounce jars — enough for 3 – 4 people.

You’ve got choices like the Sangría Roja, Margarita, and the Jicara- Elote. Good luck deciding on which one to take home first.

Penca Restaurante

Photo courtesy of Penca Restaurante

New requirements

Penca’s staff will be given daily health checks, be required to wear masks in both the front and back of the house, and all guests are requested to wear masks as well. Reservations are strongly encouraged, too.

Penca Restaurante is located at 50 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information, visit

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