In the spotlight…
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Photo Credit: Jill Locantore

Chris Swank is your Bluebird District man for music, food and entertainment! He has been a presence in the Bluebird District since 1994 when he purchased with Bluebird Theater to revive this neighborhood icon and breath life into the theater. With the help of the Office of Economic Development and the City, Swank and partners were able to renovate and restore the theater as a music venue.

Three decades later the iconic Bluebird still anchors the district and brings in amazing shows. Chris has moved his focus across the street and to creating great places to eat and socialize in the district. In 2014 Swank purchased the Goosetown Tavern business and updated the space. His efforts have continued this year with the completion of renovations at Mezcal. These two local establishments have new life and will continue to contribute to the unique local flavor of the Bluebird District.

Photo Credit: Jill Locantore

Mezcal’s recent reopening includes decor updates, a brand new kitchen and and updated menu. Swank’s wife, Loris Venegas, headed up the restaurant concept, which pays tribute to the chicano movement and classic Mexican theater. The new menu includes a masa tamal with roasted poblano pepper and caramelized onions, steamed in a banana leaf and garnished with blistered raisins and roasted poblanos.


Mezcal offers Spanish happy hour every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm.