The group that operates brands including The Cut, Sake and Bavarian Bier Caf has announced it’ll launch a Tex-Mex restaurant in the site currently occupied by French bistro, Ananas.

Launching in The Rocks in May, EL Camino Cantina will boast two bars featuring two fully restored 1957 Chevy trunks displaying complimentary salsas and chips. There will also be a large dining room and a tequila and mescal lounge.

The kitchen will delivery Tex-Mex favourites including salsas, tacos, fajitas and enchiladas. There will also be a tortilla station where several thousand flour and corn tortillas will be made each day.

Urban Purveyor Group Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pash said it had taken over a year to bring to fruition a true Tex-Mex cantina.

“I don’t believe anyone in this market is delivering a real Tex-Mex experience, not the way it is done in cities like Austin, Texas where there is a great Tex-Mex cantina on every corner,” he said.

Set to open in September, Ananas Bar & Brasserie will relocate to the boulevard dining precinct at the soon-to-open International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) at Darling Harbour. It will feature indoor and outdoor dining, a wine and Champagne garden bar catering to over 150 people, an oyster bar and a bakery.

Urban Purveyor Group Culinary Director Martin Heierling said Ananas’ lunch and dinner menus will remain true to the original restaurant in The Rocks, with some new additions. “We’re going to add a full breakfast menu featuring fresh crpes, omelettes, house-made pastries and breads, fresh juices and organic coffee. We’re also going to take our famous Atlantic lobster brunch up a notch by offering it every Sunday, when in season.”

Ananas at The Rocks will close on 2 April.

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