Chicano Nuevo Mexican cuisine popup to open brick and mortar


Chicano Nuevo, known for popping up in various San Francisco neighborhoods with its playful menu that includes a Wu-Tang Clan-inspired dessert and squid ink tamales, has announced it will open a physical store at 3555 Mission. St. in 2023, according to Eater SF.

Chicano Nuevo owner Abraham Nuñez has been working on his Baja kitchen pop-up for the past seven years throughout the Mission, Bernal Heights and, currently, the Excelsior. His pop-up is known for its plethora of seafood tacos and a “W” logo-shaped flan from Staten Island-based rap group the Wu-Tang Clan.

At Brick and Mortar, the menu will essentially remain the same, i.e. Wu-Tang Flan and Potato Taquitos, which are buttered and rosemary mashed potatoes rolled in a corn tortilla and deep-fried before being topped with cream and a home-made red salsa, won’t go anywhere. But it will also be a space for Nuñez to experiment with new dishes, as well as plant-based items.

Mashed potato taquitos with butter and rosemary from the Chicano Nuevo pop-up in San Francisco.

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Nuñez’s success story will come full circle when the space opens in the spring of next year. In 2013, he worked at the El Amigo bar, which was connected to Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack in the Mission Street building. Then in 2015, after Emmy closed, he used the space for the first iteration of Chicano Nuevo.

“It’s been a long hustle and bustle,” Nuñez told Eater SF. “It’s poetic. The first place I popped up was Chicano Nuevo, where I found the name and logo, we’re in the same space.

But it’s also a place where Nuñez wants to showcase Chicano Cholo culture. He recently purchased a painting by Ester Hernandez, a Mexican American graphic designer with a painting hanging at the Smithsonian.

It depicts a dog wearing chola-style clothing and sitting on a low-rider bike on Bernal Hill, next to the famous Bernal Hill Rock, a symbol of social justice. The bar portion of the restaurant, which was once separated from the dining room by a narrow hallway but will be connected by tearing down the walls, will feature classic street art by artists chosen by Nuñez, he said.

For now, Nuñez plans to end his lease at the Broken Record, an Excelsior bar, which ends in October, while continuing to renovate the brick and mortar he knows so intimately from his days at El Amigo and Emmy’s Spaghetti. Shack.


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