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Matadora Stampedes Into Woburn This Evening With Spanish Tapas and Wood-Grilled Meats

The restaurant has ties to the the Yvonne’s, Ruka, and Lolita family

Mary Lacy mural at Matadora Woburn
Matadora, under construction in Woburn, with a mural by Mary Lacy

A team of restaurateurs behind popular Boston restaurants Yvonne’s, Ruka, and Lolita left its mark on a new restaurant that opens tonight in Woburn: Matadora, a Spanish tapas restaurant, debuts tonight inside the Hilton Boston-Woburn (2 Forbes Rd.).

News of this suburban venture surfaced back in June and was more formally announced in September, on the heels of the COJE Management Group’s preparations for a second Lolita location in Fort Point (now open) and the early stages of a new cigar bar downtown. The group’s partnership with Matadora involved menu development, courtesy of COJE’s culinary director, Tom Berry, with chef de cuisine William Jimenez in charge of executing the Spanish-inspired menu.

Matadora opens Wednesday evening, October 25, at 5 p.m., and it will henceforth be open for breakfast and dinner. The restaurant’s main menu features a selection of Spanish cheese and meats, including garrotxa, sobrassada, jamón ibérico, and more.

There’s also a section of the menu filled with olives, nuts, and cured items like anchovies, plus a wide selection of tapas that put the restaurant’s wood grill to use. Expect to see items like charred octopus, seared wild mushrooms, and flaming chorizo.

For those interested in larger plates, there is an entree section that includes seared scallops, and chicken with risotto, plus an a la carte section for wood-grilled meats and seafood.

The drinks menu includes cocktails, four kinds of martinis, three types of sangria, and a small selection of beer.

Matadora will operate for breakfast from 6:30 to 11 a.m. and for dinner from 5 to 11 p.m.

tacos and tequila last week cured meats, cheeses, and tapas tomorrow.. come see what's cooking @matadora_woburn!!

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Update, 10/25, 2 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect new details regarding the restaurant’s menu and business partnerships.


2 Forbes Rd., Woburn, MA 01801