Copal (Photo by Matt Sterner)

New Restaurant ‘Copal’ Locks in a Grand Opening Date


June 24, 2024
By Matt Sterner

"Salud to unforgettable flavors and traditions."

Alex Bohon and his father Otto Ramon Bohon — the family/duo behind the beloved southside restaurant, Taqueria La Esquina — are ready to debut the brand-new concept on Broadway Boulevard near Craycroft Road.

(Photo courtesy of Copal)

Throughout June, folks have been welcomed into Copal for their soft opening hours but the family is hosting an official Grand Opening party from 6 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16.

The location, which formerly housed The Dutch at 5340 E. Broadway Blvd. #100, is near the Williams Centre and right around the corner from Iron John’s Brewing.

For those familiar with the dining room, the entire space is at least twice the size of Taqueria La Esquina (4876 S. Sixth Ave.). Copal inherits the large dining area, which will serve some of the staples found at La Esquina.

Dining room at Copal (Photo by Alex Karaman)

For appetizers, the Copal menu features Elote Ribs (whole corn ribs grilled and quartered) and Trilogia Aguachiles (shrimp that’s been cured three ways). Tortilla soup, a few salads, and several street taco options are afoot including carne asada, jackfruit birria, roasted wild mushrooms, and ribeye.

If you’re looking for a full-on feast, check out the entrees like The “Chapo” Burger (a smash burger with roasted poblano, Oaxacan cheese, housemade chorizo, pickled onions, and arugula) or the wild-caught salmon that’s seared with an ancho and coco nib crust — the Salmon al Xocolate.

Keep in mind that the menu is always subject to change before the Grand Opening.

Then there’s the bar! Copal has a curated selection of Sotol, Banora, tequilas, and authentic Mexican cocktails “that celebrate our rich culinary heritage.”

Margaritas are on the menu alongside the classic michelada and a Sonoran Smoke & Spice — a cocktail that brings together the smokiness of mezcal and sweetness of prickly pear.

Cocktails (Photo courtesy of Copal)

Aside from the indoor seating, there are several seating options available on the enclosed, outdoor patio — they’ve even installed a couple of swinging benches! The smaller play area that the owner of The Dutch had created is also still outside on the patio.

Stay tuned for the restaurant’s hours of operation. In the meantime, start planning for the Grand Opening party on Tuesday, July 16 from 6 – 9 p.m. Keep an eye out for more Grand Opening details by following the restaurant on Instagram.

(Photo courtesy of Copal)

Copal is located at 5340 E. Broadway Blvd. #100. For more information, visit copaltucson.com and follow Copal on Instagram. To learn more about the family’s other concept, Taqueria La Esquina, check out our August 2022 article, “Your New South Side Obsession.”

This article was originally written on Monday, June 24, and updated on Wednesday, July 3.

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