Matador will open in Highland in mid-August

The signature Matador entrance.
The signature Matador entrance.

After a few delays, Matador Restaurant and Tequila Bar is finally slated to open in mid-August in the original home of Heidi's Deli, on the corner of 32nd Avenue and Lowell. This is a link in a Seattle-based chain, and owners Nate Opper and Zak Melang have completely redone the space with reclaimed barnwood, hand-crafted inlaid tables, vintage lighting, an interior fire pit and metalwork by artists Anna Sher and Nick Rhinehart. There's also a liquor license -- but getting that license was one of the reasons for the delay.

See also: - The Matador gets its liquor license -- and could soon be pouring tequila - Photos: Last call at the original Heidi's in Highland - Common Grounds will pour its last cup at original Highland location

The Matador bar
The Matador bar

But the margaritas will flow alongside Matador's Mexican menu, which focuses on fresh produce and housemade marinades, rubs and sauces -- including a picante sauce with roasted habanero and serrano chiles and a touch of fresh orange juice. "Our signature picante sauce will please heat seekers and still allow the flavors of the dish to shine," says Steve Linder, executive chef.

The elaborate metal bar, surrounded by new windows, will offer a view of the hot Highland neighborhood and stock a curated collection of over 100 tequilas, which are featured in the specialty margaritas and tequila flights, as well as twists on classic cocktails like the Mexican Old-Fashioned with Espolon Reposado, Patron Citronge, bitters, cherry and orange.

In addition, there will be two happy hours a day -- from 4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m -- with food and drink specials.

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