Earlier this year, Frida's chef-owner Natasha Kwan teased a new concept, but said she was waiting to find the perfect space.
Now, she has.
Kwan and her husband (and Frida's co-owner), Rick Roloff, have announced plans to open Diego’s Mexican Restaurant at 630 North and South Road in University City, Missouri. The space, located right next door to Frida's, was formerly home to Momos Greek Restaurant, which closed this summer after longtime owner Chuck Pener unexpectedly passed away.
"Just like Frida’s, our focus at Diego’s will be on local, high-quality, fresh ingredients," Kwan said in a release. "We’ll have meat and fish options, but you can rest assured our beans and rice – and a lot of other items – will be vegetarian. This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, and the location and timing were perfect."
To that end, diners can expect to see classic Mexican items including enchiladas, tacos and quesadillas as well as some lesser-known menu items including huaraches (a popular street food with fried masa, smashed pinto beans and rotating toppings), fried masa and bean flatbreads. The menu will also include dishes from other Latin American countries, including crab-stuffed avocado and arepas.
At the bar, look for a wide selection of tequilas and mezcals, including flights, as well as signature Margaritas and a Bloody Maria with a turmeric, black pepper and salted rim.
"I grew up in the border town of Laguna Vista, Texas, and fell in love with Mexican cuisine as a kid," Roloff said. "I’m excited to bring some of our favorite dishes to the neighborhood where we live and work. We’re thrilled to have acquired the space, and we’re happy to have a family-friendly spot where people can gather to enjoy quality food and refreshing cocktails."
Look for doors to open at Diego's this spring.
Diego's Mexican Restaurant, 630 North & South Road, University City, Missouri, diegosstl.com