SAN ANTONIO – The wait is almost over.
Rosario’s — the popular Southtown restaurant will open its doors at its new location on Friday.
Restaurant owner, Lisa Wong, closed the South Alamo location in November after 23 years in the space in anticipation of the move.
The new 25,000-square-foot restaurant, located at 722 S. St. Mary’s Street, was built on the property of the original El Mirador restaurant and incorporates some of the building’s remains.
Douglas Architects designed the space and Fabian’s Construction served as the general contractor.
The new two-story restaurant has a modern design with indoor and outdoor dining areas. A rooftop bar will offer views of the HemisFair Tower and other downtown landmarks, including the Tower Life Building and Frost Tower.
You can see a video of the new restaurant’s exterior in the video player at the top of this article.
“The original King William Garden House that was once part of El Mirador remains intact, is being remodeled and named Casa Isabel in honor of Wong’s late mother,” according to a press release.
The back of the restaurant features a large mural created by Chilean muralist Inti Castro and San Antonio artist Andy Benavides.
A post about the mural on Rosario’s Instagram page said, “INTI focused on youth for the Rosario’s mural to capture and share owner Lisa Wong’s rich family history, values and dreams for future generations.”
When the restaurant opens on Friday, only the indoor dining areas will be accessible. The outdoor patio and rooftop bar are still under construction and are expected to open in early spring.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Sunday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant plans to be open on Mondays starting sometime in March.