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Nao Latin Gastro Bar Announces Opening, New Menu, and Expanded Hours

San Antonio, TX – Following the announcement of changes to its signature restaurant, The Culinary Institute of America at San Antonio is excited to announce the official re-opening of Nao Latin Gastro Bar. In addition to lunch and dinner, Nao will also offer brunch beginning this December, along with continued weekend service from the outdoor kitchen.

“I am excited to be heading Nao and to be part of its success,” said General Manager Abraham Rubio. “We have put together a team of creative culinarians and a service staff that knows how to deliver excellence and we will strive to deliver a memorable experience to all of our guests.”

Imagination is key to the exploration of Latin American cuisine and beverages at Nao and all meals feature a menu full of seasonal, progressive Latin food. The team sees every day as a culinary adventure and an opportunity to share a meal, a story, and the company of good friends.

Nao’s lunch service, a learning environment for CIA students, includes menu items like a Pressed Cuban Sandwich, a Ceviche that changes daily, and shared plates like Mussels with smoked tomatoes, coconut milk, red onions, and charred peppers and Roasted Chicken with Brazilian salpicón.

In addition to ceviches showcasing the best from throughout Latin America—including Mexican ceviche with bay scallops, Ecuadorian ceviche with shrimp, and Peruvian ceviche with gulf fish—Chef Zach Garza has created a dinner menu that will feature shared plates like Crab and Green Plantains with coconut, lime, and herbs and an Argentinean-inspired Steak with chimichurri and fries. The dinner menu also boasts dishes like Crisp Gulf Fish with pear squash, blood orange, and pisco sauce, and 16-Ounce Heritage Pork with crisp skin, mojo, rice, and beans.

“The creativity and flavors of the new menu are incredible," said Sergio Remolina, director of Latin Studies at CIA San Antonio. “The menu is full of iconic dishes from Latin America and our culinary team has given its own twist to deliver great flavors. This, coupled with a strong cocktail and wine list will certainly wow each and every guest and entice them to return.”

Nao Latin Gastro Bar also offers a great selection of wines from Latin America by the glass and bottle, Latin American craft beers, and a carefully curated list of specialty cocktails, including the Nao Mule with a choice of mezcal, pisco, or cachaça, and the Rio Caribe with aged Venezuela rum, pineapple, lime, honey, and angostura bitters.

Nao is a restaurant and CIA classroom dedicated to the exploration, preservation, and celebration of the authentic cuisines, cultures, and bounty of Latin America. It is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Nao Latin Gastro Bar is located at the Pearl at 312 Pearl Parkway. For more information, please visit or follow Nao on Facebook at and Twitter at @NaoRestaurant.

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Jeff Levine
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