New 'community-based bar' Chiflada’s will open on San Antonio's West Side this fall

The bar’s cheeky moniker generally means "spoiled" or "bratty."

click to enlarge Chiflada’s will neighbor popular Westside hangout Jaime's Place. - Screen Capture / Google Maps
Screen Capture / Google Maps
Chiflada’s will neighbor popular Westside hangout Jaime's Place.

A trio of San Antonio women are working to open Chiflada’s, a new Westside drinkery that embodies the Alamo City’s sass and flair, MySA reports.

Mother-daughter duo Natasha and Veronica Riffle — along with partner Melanie Martinez — aim to open the “little Westside gem” at 1804 West Martin St. in October. Neighboring popular hangout Jaime's Place, Chiflada's will focus on SA-centric tastes, sounds and aesthetics, they told the news site.

The bar’s cheeky moniker, which generally means "spoiled" or "bratty," is an inside joke-turned-business model, Natasha Riffle told MySA.

“We're three Latinas, we’re all raised on the West Side. We were throwing around names for a while, and we were joking about it, actually,” Riffle said. “Then we were like, ‘Wait, that's a really good name, it's catchy, it's funny. Everyone in San Antonio is Tex-Mex, so we know what Chiflada means — we all act like it.’”

Riffle told MySA that the team had to go through a four-month rezoning process. The property was previously a home and a hair salon.

A veteran of San Antonio’s bartending scene, Riffle also told the news site that she wants the nightspot to be community-based and inclusive.

“I want something that’s done right, done beautiful and represents us as a culture and as women," she said. "There's not a lot of us out there, we're in a male-dominated world and for three women to do this and go against the grain? It's hard."

The bar will offer craft cocktails, fresh takes on aguas frescas and coffee-based options as well as weekend brunches, food trucks and pop-ups, according to MySA. Music will vary by night, ranging from Tejano to hip-hop to throwbacks.

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