Elvira’s Restaurant in Tubac made a splash on Congress Street April 16 with its saucy moles and large tequila selection.
After a year of renovations, the upscale Mexican restaurant opened its second location 256 E. Congress St. in a space that once held Saint House Island Bistro and Rum Bar.
Elvira’s owner, Rubén Monroy Jr., plans to keep all of the classic Elvira’s dishes, but will revamp about 30 percent of the menu. He’s also tinkering around with new mole flavors like pine nut, almond and dried fruit.
“We’re gonna play a little bit,” he said. But “you end up giving people what they want.”
Monroy wants to give the new place an urban chic vibe for young couples. The inside has been redone with an eye toward respecting the wood floors and historic nature of the building. He has built out a new bar and installed those signature glass teardrops that brighten up ceilings in the Tubac location.
At least three nights a week, the restaurant will feature live music in a variety of styles including jazz, Cuban and acoustic pop.