First Look

First Look: Señor Bear Readies for Friday Opening in LoHi

Tostada de hoja santa with shrimp escabeche and Argentinian chorizo.
Tostada de hoja santa with shrimp escabeche and Argentinian chorizo. Danielle Lirette
Señor Bear, located in the space formerly occupied by Jezebel's Southern Bistro at 3301 Tejon Street, is finally ready to open and will debut this Friday, June 9, after a week of soft-opening nights. The newest restaurant from Juan Padro and Katie O'Shea-Padro will bring the flavors of multiple Latin American cuisines together under the guidance of executive chef/partner Blake Edmunds.

The Padros opened Highland Tap & Burger in 2010 and followed up with Bar Dough next door in 2015; last year they added Sloan's Lake Tap & Grill to their collection and will soon have another Tap & Grill at the Belleview Station development in the DTC. The couple follows a business model that gives employees an ownership stake, so Edmunds, who started with the company at Bar Dough, will be an owner of Señor Bear.

Edmunds has been working with other chefs on the team, including Bar Dough's Max MacKissock, to develop a menu that draws from the Latin American culture of many regions. So you'll see mofongo from Puerto Rico, handmade corn tortillas from Mexico, aji chiles from Peru, and chorizo from Argentina, among others items. But don't expect traditional combinations and platings; while the inspiration, ingredients and techniques remain true to their sources, there's also plenty of experimentation and modernization.

The bar program is equally rooted in Latin American ingredients, with a cocktail roster based on tequila, mezcal, rum and pisco. Happy hour  — or Hora Loca, as it will be called — promises to be a festive affair, with fun and creative bites to pair with the drinks.

With Señor Bear, the team becomes as much of a fixture in LoHi as Frank Bonanno is at Seventh and Grant (with Bones, Mizuna and Luca) or the Kizaki Brothers are (with Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and Ototo) at South Pearl and Florida.

For more photos of the newest LoHi eatery, see our complete Señor Bear slideshow.

click to enlarge Señor Bear will open to the public on Friday, June 9. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Señor Bear will open to the public on Friday, June 9.
Danielle Lirette
click to enlarge Tostada de hoja santa with shrimp escabeche and Argentinian chorizo. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Tostada de hoja santa with shrimp escabeche and Argentinian chorizo.
Danielle Lirette
click to enlarge Señor Bear is small but well designed to maximize the space; it was previously home to the Squeaky Bean and Jezebel's. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Señor Bear is small but well designed to maximize the space; it was previously home to the Squeaky Bean and Jezebel's.
Danielle Lirette
click to enlarge King crab with avocado, pickled shallot, serrano chiles, puffed rice and coconut-chile broth. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
King crab with avocado, pickled shallot, serrano chiles, puffed rice and coconut-chile broth.
Danielle Lirette
click to enlarge Executive chef/partner Blake Edmunds. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Executive chef/partner Blake Edmunds.
Danielle Lirette
click to enlarge A few of Señor Bear's cocktails (left to right): Primer Hombre, Rubor, Verde Jugo, Contento Fruta. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
A few of Señor Bear's cocktails (left to right): Primer Hombre, Rubor, Verde Jugo, Contento Fruta.
Danielle Lirette
click to enlarge Giant gummy bears at the bar. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Giant gummy bears at the bar.
Danielle Lirette



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