Heaton Chapel hidden gem La Capilla is opening its second restaurant in the former Blackshaws on Stockport’s historic Market Place this Friday.
Blackshaws closed to the public back in September 2022 but promised that it would be taken over by a concept that would take Stockport’s food scene to “another level”.
Speaking about the closure last year, Blackshaws owner, Steve Pilling said: “It is closed for a makeover and will reopen as an evening restaurant, which will build on Stockport’s booming food scene with many of the fine-dining chefs from the Damson days of Heaton Moor and further afield.
"We believe that there needs to be more food-based businesses in the town centre and we would like to be at the forefront of this - it’s all very positive for Stockport in these difficult times. Really, we’re going to bring Blackshaws into the 21st century with some refined, small plates, and opening to later in the evening to be part of Stockport’s growing food scene.”
It’s difficult to bag a table at La Capilla’s OG Heaton Chapel branch, with queues regularly forming for its menu of authentic Mexican dishes and tequila-based bevs. Diners can expect the same speciality food from the new La restaurant, as well as seasonal menu items and a weekend brunch.
The menu features tacos and burritos that are bursting with pork, beef and baja fish, as well as sweet potato and courgette. La Capilla is also known for its rotating menu of specials which includes the incredible swordfish cevice and mushroom asada tacos.
While the building has preserved its quaint historic character, neon signs have already started popping up in the new restaurant. The original site in Heaton Chapel also features huge Mexican-themed murals with nods to Mexico's annual Day of the Dead festival, so the same creativity will no doubt be replicated in the new Stockport Market Place restaurant.
La Capilla opens to the public this Friday (15 September). You can book a table here.