Picante Sports Cantina is opening soon, only blocks away from Texas Wesleyan.
Expected to open by this month, students and faculty will have a new place to grab a bite to eat and watch a game.
The menu will include Mexican food favorites, burgers, wings, salads and appetizers. In addition to soft drinks, there will be coffee, a full bar and a signature margarita.
Owner Ramon Romero, a Fort Worth native, attended William James Middle School and graduated from Polytechnic High School Class in 1992.
Romero purchased the former site of Abe’s Salvage at 2801 E. Rosedale with intentions of using the facility to expand his pool construction company. After noticing a lack of sports oriented restaurants in Southeast Fort Worth, his vision soon changed.
“This will be a place where both students and faculty can enjoy the best patio in Fort Worth,” Ramero said.
The bar is complimented by earth tones and natural stone accents. But a true reflection of Romero’s “Poly Pride” is the logo seen throughout Picante, which is orange and black.
The cantina will have 22 indoor television screens and four more outdoors. The one-of-a-kind artwork in Picante includes a full wall mural by Texas Wesleyan graduate Andrea Nicolette Gonzales.
In addition to his current bid for Fort Worth City Council, Romero has a resume full of community involvement in Fort Worth, including: serving as a former chair of the City Plan Commission, zoning commissioner, golf advisory and president of El Poly Pyramid neighborhood association. Continuing this record, he wants Picante Sports Cantina to become part of the community.
“I want students to apply for jobs,” Romero said.
The cantina is expected to create 12-20 new jobs in the area.
In addition to possible student jobs, there will be a student discount.
“With the purchase of a meal, students who present their college ID will get a free soft drink,” Romero said.
Picante Sports Cantina will either offer live music or a disc jockey on weekends.
“We’ll have good food and good service,” Romero said. “I want people to come, eat and stay.”
Jay Johnson