By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published May 27, 2015 at 3:11 PM

Agave Southwest Bar & Grill is now open in the space at 800 N. Plankinton Ave. which formerly housed España Tapas House.

The space has been renovated to create a more open feel, featuring a bar, lounge area and plenty of tables.

Their menu features starters like blue corn dusted calamari ($10), seared pork belly with grilled flatbread, onion jam, pico de gallo and queso fresco ($9), southwestern wings ($12) and guacamole ($9).

They offer four varieties of soups and chili for $7 a bowl, and salads priced between $8 and $12. Entrees include tacos, tostadas and fajitas along with beef ribs braised in cola with joja sante and ancho chile ($18), pork carnitas "open" ravioli ($15) and a Colorado bison burger with choice of cheese and veggies ($14). 

The restaurant also aims to be family-friendly, so a children's menu is available.

Agave is open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy hour, which includes specially priced drinks and $5 appetizers takes place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day on Sunday.

España closed in late 2014 and prior to that the space was home to Butch's Clock Steak House.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

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