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The Cortez Family Opens Viva Villa Taqueria


The Cortez family has opened its fourth restaurant, Viva Villa Taquería, in the city’’s historic Market Square. It’s the family’’s first fast casual restaurant, in a lineup that includes Mi Tierra, Pico de Gallo and La Margarita. It features a chef-inspired menu featuring more than 30 tacos along with craft beer and wine, Big Red, soft serve and more.

viva villa taqueria Viva Villa lives up to its namesake, Pancho Villa, by offering “revolutionary tacos” while letting customers design their own meal. Customers select from three styles — “cazuelas”, “mercado” or “mini-street tacos” — and are able to choose their own toppings.

Viva Villa is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner where customers can grab-and-go or sit down with the restaurant’’s free Wi-Fi. Local food delivery service is available as well as a drink to-go program that lets patrons stroll around El Mercado with margaritas in hand or take their craft beer home in a refillable 64-ounce growler.

viva villaAlthough Viva Villa is the family’s newest restaurant in San Antonio, it grew from historical roots. Its 110-year-old brick building incorporates the original brick work in a space modernized to comfortably seat 75 people inside and 70 people outside. Complete with a giant pop-art mural of Pancho Villa, distressed leather booths and mango wood imported from Costa Rica, Viva Villa’s ambiance is nothing short of urban revolution. 

Viva Villa’s old-meets-new concept is largely influenced by chef and general manager Cariño Cortez, a third-generation foodie who grew up in the Cortez family’’s restaurant business. Her family tradition began at Mi Tierra Café in San Antonio, but her passion for cooking has taken her across the country. She is expanding her family’’s legacy thanks to her education at the Culinary Institute of America. A profound care for food, family and culture inspired her custom menu creation and the development of Viva Villa.

Viva Villa is at 905 Dolorosa. Call (210) 225-3955 or click here for more information.

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