Lucha Mexican Soul Food is back in business.
The Mexican comfort food restaurant closed in May of this year when former owner Hugo Perez decided to retire, but has reopened in Grand Center under new owners. Though while the management and parts of the menu are new, Lucha has kept many fan favorites and the bold flavors that people have come to expect from the restaurant.
Catalina Valdez is the head of the operation, with her nephew, Jose Soto, and his fiance, Megan Kurrus, as co-owners. The team made sure to keep Lucha's signature menu item – street tacos – on the menu, and still use Perez's recipe. Kurrus says that the street tacos are always the most popular item on the menu, with Margaritas coming in at a close second.
The new owners also kept the popular black bean and plantain side dishes. The salsa options have been edited a bit, but remain similar to what Perez offered at Lucha.
One of the most popular new additions to the menu are Valdez's molotes, a fried corn-based pastry filled with a mix of Mexican sausage and potatoes. The molotes are cut in half and drizzled with sour cream, then served with guacamole and pico de gallo. Nachos now also make an appearance on the menu, with a spicy cheese sauce made in-house by Valdez.
Fans of Lucha will recognize the interior of the restaurant, but might notice a bit of a facelift from Valdez. "Catalina did a little tweaking and did a couple of things of her own to make it a little bit different on the inside," Kurrus says.
Make sure to stop by on the first and third Fridays of every month from 10pm to 1am, when a DJ bumps salsa music while Lucha serves up drink and appetizer specials.
Lucha Mexican Soul Food, 522 N. Grand Blvd., Midtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.833.9993, facebook.com/luchamexicansoulfood