From the GBOD Hospitality Group, which also owns San Diego's Meze Greek Fusion, El Chingon Bad Ass Mexican is set to open in one half of the former-1919 space in downtown San Diego on March 30. Inspired by Pancho Villa and the pistoleros of the Mexican Revolution, El Chingon will offer taco-shop-style Mexican food and a bar menu focused on south of the border spirits.
El Chingon will debut with a menu centered around elevating classic taco shop fare with high-end ingredients while staying true to traditional recipes inspired by Northern Baja California. Expect an array of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tableside guacamole, flaming fajitas, tamales, rolled tacos and plates. Behind the bar will be a curated selection of tequilas, mezcales and sotoles, and a carefully crafted cocktail menu. During evening hours, El Chingon will bring the party with frequent live music and DJs.
To celebrate its debut in San Diego's Gaslamp, El Chigon is hosting a weekend-long grand opening extravaganza, taking place Thursday, March 30 through Monday, April 3. The fun and shenanigans begin with a red carpet grand opening with tray passed bites, cocktail specials, Mariachis, surprise guests and a lineup of DJ’s on March 30 (RSVP required), and continues on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, April 2, El Chingon will be supporting the community by participating in the Annual Autism Awareness Pub Crawl as the grand finale stop featuring games, raffles, DJ’s and a special El Chingon Welcome Party. Then on Monday, April 1, El Chingon will host its Industry Night Grand Opening, welcoming San Diego’s hospitality industry so they can experience the brand, network and have some fun.
In addition to El Chingon, GBOD Hospitality Group is also in the process of converting the second half of the space at 560 5th Avenue into Havana 1920, a Cuban-inspired concept set to debut this summer. The company is also launching Saganaki by Meze inside Liberty Public Market in Point Loma, which will offer a a menu of sweet and savory versions of the traditional fried cheese dish that the eatery is named after
For more information on El Chingon Bad Ass Mexican, visit elchingon.com.