Bodega Cantina brings a taste of South America to Leicester

A taste of South America is coming to Leicester this Summer. Independent restaurant and bar operator, Bitters n’ Twisted Venues, is opening its third Bodega Cantina in St Martin’s Square in July, following a £200,000 investment.

Bodega Cantina is a South American themed bar and restaurant serving a range of dishes from street food favourites such as burritos, nachos and tacos to a range of Peruvian and Ecuadorian inspired main dish classics. The first restaurant launched in Birmingham five years ago and a second opened in Worcester in 2014.

Bitters n’ Twisted Venues founder Matt Scriven said: “We are proudly independent and this is our 10th year in business and Bodega Leicester is our 10th venue. Bodega has been such a hit with our customers that we know the demand is there for authentic, fresh, easy-going South American food in fun and quirky surroundings.

“We are looking forward to opening our first restaurant in Leicester. The city has such a great vibe and is full of pride and passion, something we relate to as a business. St Martin’s Square is a great location, with like-minded independent operators, so we hope to be a popular addition to the scene.”

Bodega Leicester will create 15 new jobs and its interior will focus on iconic and quirky South American imagery including sugar skulls, Mexican wrestlers and football to create a playful, informal and individual environment.

“People come to us because they don’t want the uniformity and charmless atmosphere of a chain. They want something authentic and niche where they can step into the vibrancy, colour and carnival atmosphere associated with South America,” added Matt.

Bodega Leicester will welcome families with its special kids menu and vegans are also catered for with a dedicated menu. As well as food, the venue also serves up a range of South American inspired hand-made cocktails.

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Visual: Design impression of Bodega Leicester