A seven-story, 48-unit residential development has been formally entitled for 525 E. Broadway—and that leaves Padre, one of Downtown's most popular restaurants, in a state of flux as to when and how it will find a new home.
"In the beginning [when the plans were first being proposed], we knew we had to start searching but admittedly, sometimes, these things take years," said owner Jay Krymis. "The [entitlement process] for this happened very quickly and now we have to seriously take on finding a new home."
Padre has been serving the DTLB community since it opened in August of 2015, taking over the space that used to occupy Bliss 525 before Padre moved in and began pleasing patrons with its pitchers of pepino margaritas and tacos. Since then, it has grown into one of the city's most popular social outlets—and it achieved that popularity through smart expansion and new concepts.
Mezcalero—Padre's upstairs bar dedicated to more sophisticated drinks (including the never-fails burnt-tortilla concoction that is the Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em tequila cocktail)—opened in early 2017. And What Lola Wants—the space's pseudo-speakeasy, rum-centric bar of kitsch and animal prints—two years later.