Diablitos Cantina launches lunch at Sanctuaria

Diablitos Cantina is back – sort of.

The Midtown Mexican restaurant closed its doorsat 3761 Laclede Ave., earlier this year, but as reported by Feast, owner Dr. Gupreet Padda reopened Diablitos for lunch service today, April 25, inside another of his restaurants, Sanctuaria Wild Tapas.

“Sanctuaria is more of a tapas restaurant and Diablitos is more of a traditional Mexican place, but there’s an overlap in food,” Padda said. “We thought it’d be a good opportunity to do an upscale dinner and a down-home lunch.”

The top 20 items from the Diablitos menu will be served, including all the tacos, along with rotating specials. Some dishes will likely show during Sanctuaria dinner service as specials, too.

Padda said the move allows Diablitos staff to remain employed and keeps the brand fresh in diners’ memories.

“Temporarily, this is a good bridge. It gives the customers what they want until we can establish a more permanent location,” Padda said. “The Grove has never really had a strong lunch program, so hopefully this will drive some more foot traffic.”

Lunch hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sanctuaria will open for regular dinner service at 5 p.m. Padda said he plans to add a Diablitos weekend brunch service in the near future.

Matt Sorrell is a staff writer at Sauce Magazine.