Pedro's Cantina Serves Up Killer Margaritas, Taqueria Fare Across from AT&T Park

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Opening Aug. 6, Pedro’s Cantina mixes a 360-degree bar serving signature margaritas with a taqueria dishing out authentic, street-style cooking at prices that feel as good as its relaxed atmosphere.

Opening Aug. 6, Pedro’s Cantina mixes a 360-degree bar serving signature margaritas with a taqueria dishing out authentic, street-style cooking at prices that feel as good as its relaxed atmosphere.

The 8,500-square-foot Cantina adjoins Pete’s Tavern (voted Best Sports Bar, SFGate 2010) at 128 King St. (between Second and Third Streets) to create a 20,000-square-foot hot spot. Pedro’s also offers 22 high-definition, 50-inch plasma TV screens and two private dining venues. Both Pedro’s and Pete’s will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight; guests can flow freely from one to the other, creating San Francisco’s largest sports drinking and dining emporium.

Executive Chef Damon Hall and Chef de Cuisine Hugo Castaneda have created a value-priced menu featuring hearty, street-style tacos, burritos and quesadillas customized to the diner’s taste with pollo asado, house carnitas, machaca beef, chile verde pork, spicy chicken or marinated grilled prawns. Light eaters have the option of ordering a single taco starting at just $3, and a takeout window will serve those on the go.

Though the décor will have a Baja, Mexican high-desert feel, Pedro’s Cantina owner Pete Osborne credits a different region for inspiring Hall and Castaneda’s cuisine.

“The only region we talk about here is the stomach region,” Osborne said, patting his own. “The staff has worked hard to find the most palate-pleasing preparations for our tacos, burritos and other items.”

Osborne opened his anchor restaurant, MoMo’s, in 1998. A white-tablecloth haven for martinis and steaks, MoMo’s thrives on its corner of Second and King Streets, just across from AT&T Park. Nine years later, Osborne opened Pete’s Tavern, an unabashed sports bar with its striking horseshoe-shaped bar, a couple of doors down the block. The success of that concept inspired Osborne and his Golden Bear Management Co. to extend their brand next door to Pedro’s in 2010.

In addition to Hall and Castaneda, who have both cooked at MoMo’s and Pete’s, the Pedro’s team includes: Osborne’s eldest son Peter C., kitchen manager for all three venues; General Manager Paul Cardinale, who has managed the staff at MoMo’s and Pete’s; and Bar Manager Tony Hevia, who opened Pete’s and managed the bar there with Rachel Bonfigli.

Bar Manager Hevia and Bonfigli conducted an exhaustive investigation of Bay Area margaritas that inspired them to concoct Pedro’s signature blend, flavored with a secret original ingredient. The fully stocked bar will include other margarita options, a Sangria de Casa flavored with brandy, and, of course, beer. Eight distinctive beers will flow from the taps and eight more will be available in bottles.

The eye-popping stainless steel bar seats 43, with room for 60 more at the copper-trimmed drink rails. Those metal finishes mix with other decorative touches to give Pedro’s a rustic feeling. Flooded with light from a row of oversize King Street windows, Pedro’s Cantina is housed in the historic Garcia Maggini warehouse. The 30-foot ceilings, interior brick walls and original timber give the space a contemporary, loft-like look, yet the feeling is decidedly more warm than cool. Vibrant colors, reclaimed wood, antiqued mirrors and Mexican art evoke a cultural spirit; deep hues infuse the hand-painted wall murals designed for Pedro’s by local artist Paul Olson. Leather barstools and metal chairs in natural, red, yellow and blue surround pine tables situated among beams supporting the 22 50-inch TV screens, creating excellent vantage points throughout.

The approximately 400-guest-capacity Cantina will be a natural attraction for Giants fans and for viewers of soccer, NFL and college football games and other sports telecasts. But its location on San Francisco’s beautiful South of Market waterfront combined with its relaxed style and fun vibe represents a convenient new destination for locals, a fun stop for visitors, and an attractive option for meeting planners tired of the stodgy, traditional banquet room.

Two private areas will accommodate family parties, special celebrations and business meetings: The Cabana Room, set behind the main floor bar, extends the leisurely, Baja design feel and can accommodate approximately 65 for dining and 100 for cocktails; and The Veranda, on the second level overlooking the main floor, features an infinity edge with cable railing banister and can accommodate up to 83 for dining and 99 for cocktails.

About Pedro’s Cantina: Situated across from AT&T Ballpark at 128 King Street, between Second and Third Streets, Pedro’s Cantina opens in August 2010. Pedro’s Cantina extends the brand Golden Bear Management Co. originated as owners and operators of the famed restaurant MoMo’s (1998) and then brought to popular sports bar Pete’s Tavern (2007) next door. Owner Peter W. Osborne, his wife, Janet, and their eldest son, Peter C., actively manage operations of the triad. The Cantina, featuring a 360-degree bar, signature margaritas, street-style taqueria fare, full-menu takeout window and 22 high-definition 50-inch plasma TV screens, is open daily, 11:30 a.m. to midnight. For more information call 415.896.5644 or visit http://www.PedrosCantina.com.

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