A childhood spent growing up in the Western United States laid the foundation for our genuine love of authentic Mexican cuisine. Now, as longtime Louisville residents and passionate restaurateurs, our dreams of bringing exceptional Mexican food to Louisville has come to fruition.
When the opportunity presented itself to open Wild Rita’s, we decided to take full advantage of it. Our team ventured to the vibrant and colorful countryside of Mexico where we had the chance to study authentic Mexican fare and libations. In addition to their exquisite cuisine, we experienced first-hand the locals’ high level of service, presentation and admirable hospitality. We left Mexico inspired and more eager than ever to bring these sentiments to Wild Rita’s.
While traveling in Mexico, interacting and dining with locals, we came across a piece of artwork that completely captivated us. The hand-made mosaic mask depicted a face that was half human, half jaguar. The locals referred to it as a “were-jaguar,” which translates to “man-jaguar.” The sculpture is prominent in Mexican folklore and has existed since the founding of the very first major Mexican civilization. The “man-jaguar” represents a symbol of supreme being where the human world meets the animal world, guiding a person to live a life of adventure and happiness.
Our desire is that Wild Rita’s operates with the spirit of the “were-jaguar” through our authentic menu and celebration of Mexico’s native spirit, tequila. The alluring atmosphere of the restaurant, coupled with a passion for providing our guests with the best experience possible, will ensure the spirit of the “were-jaguar” lives on.
We encourage you to do as our Rita has done. Leave behind an average existence to celebrate the spirit of life, release the animal inside yourself and leave your worries for another day. Today at Wild Rita’s the “were-jaguar” hangs above our wood-burning stove, keeping watch over us all.