Feb 28, 2023 - Food and Drink

Puerto Rican restaurant relocates to Southtown San Antonio

A neon sign reads "Luna Rosa" in the foyer of the new restaurant.

Luna Rosa is now serving Puerto Rican eats in Southtown. Photo: Courtesy of Iris G. Ornelas

Another day, another Southtown restaurant, it seems. The latest addition, Luna Rosa, is a name San Antonians already know.

Driving the news: Over the weekend, the Puerto Rican restaurant relocated from its original space at City Base to 910 S. Alamo St.

  • The Southtown space previously housed Rosario's, which moved into a new build at 722 S. St. Mary's earlier this month.

Details: Luna Rosa is a family-owned business that opened in 2015 and serves Puerto Rican eats like mofongo, ropa vieja, arroz con pollo and jibaritos.

  • Luna Rosa owner Iris G. Ornelas says the Southtown menu will eventually mirror the original, but the offerings are limited at the moment as staff is trained.
  • The restaurant features a bar with drinks like piña coladas, margaritas and mojitos.
A white, tiled bar inside Luna Rosa.
The new Luna Rosa is housed in the former Rosario's location. Photo: Courtesy of Iris G. Ornelas

Flashback: Mayor of Flavor Town Guy Fieri paid Luna Rosa a visit in 2018 for his show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives."

Zoom out: Luna Rosa is part of a group of new or upcoming businesses in Southtown.

  • Rosario's, Leche de Tigre and Casa Hernan all opened in February.
  • Blush, a bakery and brunch spot, is preparing for a March opening.
  • All businesses are Latino-owned.

What they're saying: Ornelas says the Luna Rosa team already feels at home in the new space thanks to the neighborhood.

  • "During these three months, the neighbors have stopped by to find out who we are and welcome us. They have been very nice," Ornelas tells Axios.

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