Popular Heights-area eatery El Gran Malo now has a big sister, El Big Bad in Market Square, in the former home of Cabo/Pepper Jack’s. Like the original El Gran Malo gastro-cantina, El Big Bad will feature signature cocktails made from fresh juices and infused tequilas, as well as tasty gourmet Mexican food.
El Big Bad is housed in a historic building dating back to 1870, and the owners went to great lengths to preserving the building’s history. Co-owner Steve Sharma even insisted on laquering over existing smoke damage so it was still visible but wouldn’t ruin diner’s clothing if they were to accidentally brush the wall. Other interesting decorative touches include a 50 foot mural by local artist Kevin Hernandez, iron work from local artist Mark Bradford, and a massive cabinet to house the many flavors of infused tequila available at the bar. Unlike El Gran Malo, El Big Bad will serve lunch, including many speedy items designed to get you back to your desk in time. Once the warm weather returns in the Spring, brunch will also be offered.
El Gran Malo will also be moving to a new location in or near the Heights, as the building where it currently operates has been sold. The new location has not yet been announced. El Big Bad is located at 419 Travis Street.