Even as Houstonians celebrated the arrival of the city's seventh El Tiempo this weekend, some diners wondered about the future of its immediate predecessor, Mexican steakhouse La Casa del Caballo. Back in December, owner Carlos Abedrop told CultureMap that he was looking for a new location with an eye on opening as soon quickly as March; with no word from Abredrop since, the time seemed right to check in.
The good news is that La Casa del Caballo will ride again, but with a new name, Saltillo, and a more explicit focus on Mexican cuisine. Located at 5427 Bissonnet in the Bellaire triangle, Saltillo will share a shopping center with recently-opened kosher restaurant Genesis Steakhouse.
"We have found a place and we are under construction right now," Abedrop writes in an email. "I believe we will be ready by the end of May if permitting goes on time."
Unlike La Casa del Caballo, which could hold almost 300 people, Saltillo will only seat 65. Abedrop adds that the menu will focus on the Mexican aspects of the menu, such as his well-regarded enchiladas. Still, fans of La Casa del Caballo's signature, four-pound lomo ribeye cap shouldn't despair. Abedrop has plans to revive it eventually.
"Then once we have this unit running, in the last quarter of this year we may begin with our second location," Abedrop writes. "We still do not know where it is going to be; that one will be the steakhouse."