The Matador, or Casa Del Matador according to the future sign over the door, is headed to Downtown Summerlin and the Seattle transplant will be serving their signature Tex-Mex dishes and tequila selections much sooner than expected.
Located in building W5 within the same complex as the under construction Crate & Barrel store and not far from Andiron Steak & Sea, the 4,306-square-foot restaurant will also feature a 660-square-foot patio with enough room for about 44 guests.
Created by owners Nate Opper and Zak Melang in 2004, each Matador location features distinctive ironwork created by Melang himself, who also cuts and designs each bar and table top. In Summerlin expect to sees Melang's work on the wrought-iron patio barriers and a very ornate front entrance.
Inside, guests can sit at the bar offering dozens of tequila choices, at booths or regular tables, or at the unique attraction of a circular, 12-seat, indoor fire-pit.
The walls will be decorated with plenty of antiques, art imported from Mexico and more of Melang's ornate creations, including mounted bull skulls, the mascot at the brand's ten other locations and frequently decorated by local artists.
The Matador menu serves their "made from scratch" spin on a Tex-Mex menu, including enchiladas, "street tacos," tortas and entrees like a grilled ribeye or carne asda.
Construction will begin early next month on the vacant, corner spot. The Matador team is unofficially rushing toward a July 4 debut date.