Here now, a look inside the Luchador Bar & Lounge, a tequila-and-small-plates spot that opened a few weeks ago inside the former Trebol space. The six-year-old Trebol quietly shuttered at the end of 2013, but its founder Kenny Hill (famously a Higgins alum) is on-board with the new project, opening the bar with co-owner Justin King.
The space has received a luchador-leaning revamp — with several wrestling masks dotting the walls — and crucially, the spot's popular outdoor patio remains. But in lieu of Trebol's Oaxaca-inspired entrees, Luchador's menu offers several appetizers and "platos a la carta" ranging from $4-10. Several borrow from Yucatan classics: sikil pak pumpkin seed dip, conchinita pibil (shredded pork in a banana leaf), and chicken with Yucatan black mole, served with coconut rice. (Other small plates — featuring options like tamales, tacos, and a kale salad with spiced beets and fried garlic — might look more familiar.) All can be paired with a cocktail list that boasts nine different margaritas, a half-dozen classic drinks, and tequila flights and/or pours (including house-made tequila infusions). Luchador is open now.
· Luchador Bar & Lounge [Official site]
· All Previous Trebol Coverage [Eater PDX]