The top floor of the brick-red Mi Madre’s building on Manor Road hadn’t been used for anything until the owners found a perfect fit for it: a rooftop mezcalaria and tequila bar they’ve called Techo.
Edgar and Christina Torres, whose family owns the traditional Tex-Mex spot Mi Madre’s, took their time turning the empty upstairs space into a bar because they wanted to get it right without feeling rushed, Christina said. The result is Techo, now softly opened as a cozy tribute to the Oaxacan mezcalarias that are a big part of Mexican culture.
“It was Edgar’s idea to do mezcal, but we wanted something everyone could enjoy,” Christina said.
The Torres’ recognized that not everyone loves mezcal as much as Edgar, so in addition to mezcal — which is typically served in Mexico by itself in clay copitas — Techo also offers tequila and a couple of beers. The bar’s cocktail menu features a mix of mezcal, tequila and even bourbon; the option of ordering the spirits to sip straight is available, too.
At the heart of it, though, is the mezcal. The bar currently has about 14 different bottles, and the owners plan to let this selection grow with time. “We’re building our back bar with our favorites,” Christina Torres said.
She and Edgar came up with each of the cocktails themselves and tested the recipes on customers at Mi Madre’s and School House Pub, the other bar they own right next door, ahead of time. And when Techo opened its doors for the first time yesterday, reception was positive.
“We opened last night to get a handle on the drinks, see how everything would go, and it went great,” Christina Torres said.
Techo, which means “rooftop” in Spanish, has an indoor and outdoor area both seating about 20 people. Inside is “traditional Mexican,” she said, with stained glass windows and colorful tiles. “You walk in and feel like you’re in Mexico… Our main goal for it was to be cozy.”
Outside, the rooftop patio is far more open. “It’s really pretty; you can see the sunset,” she said.
Techo, accessible through a staircase in the School House yard, is opened 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays through Fridays and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/techomezcalaria.