It appears Lisa Wong, the owner of Rosario’s in Southtown, may be moving her iconic restaurant down South St. Mary’s Street to the former El Mirador building.
A banner sign advertising “Rosario’s — Coming 2021” has been seen slung over the old El Mirador for a week. Wong closed El Mirador in November 2018 soon after purchasing it for more than $3 million from local developer and Esquire Tavern owner Chris Hill.
The move would literally be down the street from its location at 910 S. Alamo St., a half-block down South St. Mary’s Street.
Before closing, El Mirador, a Southtown dining staple of its own since 1968, had undergone a series of changes in recent years. Hill purchased El Mirador in 2014 from the original owners, Diana and Julian Treviño. In mid-2016, Hill shut down El Mirador for six months, giving the restaurant a makeover, and reopened it in December 2016.
Wong took ownership of Rosario’s in 1992, and grew it into Southtown’s most popular restaurant. Wong also owns Ácenar on East Houston Street and another Rosario’s location on San Pedro Avenue.
Wong did not respond to interview requests.