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kingkirbythe.... Jun 29, 2022 2:43 PM

Helotes sets plans for $1M food hall just northwest of San Antonio

The community of Helotes, just northwest of San Antonio, is getting a giant $1 million food hall next year, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

The 10,000-square-foot property, called Roots Food Hall, will include multiple restaurant tenants, a landscaped courtyard area, and a full-service bar. The space is a similar concept to Bottling Department Food Hall, a fixture in downtown San Antonio's Pearl complex, that houses everything from pizza to Caribbean food.

The Helotes food hall will be rooted in an upcoming complex called Legacy, an expansive 24,500-square-foot mixed use space, with restaurants, retail shops, and more. Due to a mixed-drink liquor license, patrons will be able to utilize the bar space and wander the grounds.

Rudy Montez, a broker working with Core Commercial Real Estate to fill spaces at The Legacy, told MySA that the company can't yet share if any restaurants have signed on to rent the space yet. However they are currently in negotiations with multiple potential tenants.

According to documents filed with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the interior space at Roots Food Hall is scheduled to be completed sometime in April 2023. An opening date for the complex has not yet been announced.

Legacy and the incoming Roots Food Hall is located at 14108 Bandera Road, about five miles from UTSA and 20 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio.

kornbread Jun 29, 2022 7:06 PM

Alamo Themed Bar Con queso
The menu doesn’t mention it, but this place sounds like it will be heavy on the cheese :haha::haha::haha:

kingkirbythe.... Jun 30, 2022 12:30 AM


Originally Posted by kornbread (Post 9663413)
The menu doesn’t mention it, but this place sounds like it will be heavy on the cheese :haha::haha::haha:


Nailed it.

kingkirbythe.... Jun 30, 2022 11:57 PM

New drive-thru Salad and Go restaurant plans first San Antonio location on Far Northside

Fresh and fast pick-ups could be coming to San Antonio's Far Northside. Salad and Go, an Arizona-based company is working on a project in the Stone Oak area, according to state filings.

Salad and Go operates on a drive-thru only model, selling nine types of salads with house-made salad dressings. Filings submitted to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation show the privately owned company is working on a new build at 22143 Bulverde Road. Details filed through TDLR are subject to change, but the current plan is for a $300,00 project with a construction timeline of November to March.


Salad and Go's plans come on the heels of another national salad business coming to Stone Oak. Chicken Salad Chick, a southern-style restaurant, is opening the Alamo City's first installment in the Stone Oak area by the end of 2022.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 1, 2022 12:04 AM

Oregon-based coffee chain The Human Bean brews up first San Antonio shops

San Antonio has a number of coffee shops sprouting throughout the city, from brick and mortar buildings to coffee trucks. Now another coffee chain is adding San Antonio to its portfolio of shops. The Human Bean announced its newest location in San Antonio will be opening up this summer, according to a news release. An official opening date has yet to be announced.

The Human Bean will be at 25510 Bulverde Road in San Antonio. The location is owned and operated by Fischer's Market Management President Rodney Fischer and real estate development director Kirk Brumley. Brumley is eager to bring The Human Bean franchise to the San Antonio area, according to the release. The Human Bean is now accepting job applications for the summer opening.

"I am excited about the addition of this coffee drive-thru franchise to our company," Fischer said in the release. "I look forward to working with another family-owned business that shares similar core values, and community-oriented business model."

According to The Human Bean website, there will also two more locations in San Antonio, one at 7224 FM 78 and one at 9642 Marbach Road. The drive-thru location will open at the same time the new Fischer's Neighborhood Market is planning to open. They share the same parking lot.

The Human Bean started in 1998 in southern Oregon. There are over 300 locations open, under construction, or in the planning stages in over 25 states.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 1, 2022 12:05 AM

New Japanese sushi restaurant Nineteen Hyaku to open near Pearl next year by Little Em’s, Up Scale team

A new sushi bar and Japanese restaurant called Nineteen Hyaku is coming to the Jefferson Bank tower on Broadway near the Pearl next year, another project from the prolific restaurant group behind Little Em’s Oyster Bar in King William and Up Scale in Southtown.

Nineteen Hyaku will occupy 5,000 square feet on the ground floor of the new tower at 1900 Broadway. The name is a nod to both the building’s address and the restaurant’s mission. “Hyaku” means “hundred” in Japanese, and Nineteen Hyaku owners Emily and Houston Carpenter of Carpenter Carpenter Hospitality said they intend to blend Western hospitality with Japanese sushi culture, serving lunch and dinner seven days a week.

With an opening date planned for July 2023, Nineteen Hyaku will focus on nigiri, sashimi and the multicourse, chef-curated sushi tasting experience called omakase, Houston Carpenter said. The menu also will include sushi rolls and hot dishes from a robatayaki grill showcasing high-end proteins grilled over Japanese charcoal, he said.

They’ve yet to hire an executive chef, Carpenter said, but the search is being facilitated by Up Scale sushi chef Ruben Pantaleón.

The restaurant’s beverage program will feature cocktails, beer and wine with the Japanese touch of a roster of specialty sakes curated like a wine list, Carpenter said.

A rendering by Crystal Sinclair Design shows a minimalist, elegant setting with 25-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling sheer white draperies that still allow in natural light from the massive windows, a grand central chandelier, warm woods, navy upholstery and marble counters. The Carpenters’ company is handling the buildout that will have an interior mezzanine for private dining and patio seating that will bump the restaurant’s seating capacity past 100.

For the Carpenters, the inspiration to open a sushi bar in their hometown followed a familiar path. Just as their oyster bar travels here and abroad gave rise to Little Em’s, what they call “sushi bar hopping” galvanized their idea to open Nineteen Hyaku.

“Why isn’t there an Uchi here, or Nobu?” Houston Carpenter asked, referring to sushi spots in Austin and New York, respectively. “We’re at a time of revolving, all-you-can-eat sushi,” he said. “We’re excited to introduce a refined sushi concept.”

The announcement comes as a breath of fresh air for a sushi scene that desperately needs it. A few local favorites like Sushihana and Sushishima offer a mid-level sushi experience here. Sushi at a level on par with national hotspots like San Francisco and San Diego was only introduced last year when Shiro Japanese Bistro opened, immediately climbing to the top and earning a four-star review from the Express-News with West Coast-style sushi, rolls and sashimi from San Diego chef Grey Hwang.

In addition to Little Em’s, Up Scale and Nineteen Hyaku, the Carpenters have two more San Antonio restaurant projects in the works. Their Southern-inspired Restaurant Claudine in the Government Hill neighborhood is scheduled to open in October, and the casual cafe and retail seafood counter Go Fish Market is coming in December to the Tobin Hill neighborhood.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 1, 2022 12:32 AM

Are Age-Exclusive Bars the Way of the Future?

Two bars in San Antonio are blazing a new, mellower trail, one where being 21 and legally able to drink won’t get you very far.

On the night of my twenty-first birthday, I stumbled into a college bar with a friend who was dressed in a large polyester carrot costume. I downed several potent cocktails called trash cans, yelled a lot, and then briefly made out with the captain of the school’s croquet team. Throughout the evening, I proudly brandished the government-issued ID that confirmed I was legally allowed to be there, took mystery shots, and lurched around the sticky dance floor to the dulcet tones of Flo Rida. I was an adult woman in a space reserved for adults.

I thought of that night, and the many like it that followed, when I read about Bentley’s on Broadway, a bar in San Antonio that recently announced it was raising its age limit.

“Bentley’s on Broadway is officially 25+ & up now,” the venue announced on Instagram in May.

In the comments section, reactions to the news were mixed. “Yesssss finally . . . PERFECT MOVE,” effused one user. “What about 24 turning 25 this year,” asked another, who expressed despair with a crying emoji.

My own research yielded overwhelmingly positive responses. Though I threw in the trash can–soaked towel of my own drinking years ago, in a survey of my immediate friends and neighbors (a decidedly thirty-plus crowd), respondents said the concept sounded like “paradise”—a utopia where the still-young-but-increasingly-creaky could gather to revel together in their own muted way without having to watch a 21-year-old puke up a neon-blue beverage and then leave a loud, tearful voicemail for their ex.

I reached out to Bentley’s, eager to learn what had prompted it to make the bar of my friends’ dreams. But when reached by phone, a representative declined to comment. “It is what it is. We’re twenty-five-plus,” a gentleman said, before abruptly ending the call. Much like the 24-but-almost-25-year-old who posted the crying emoji, my entrance to Bentley’s, albeit merely conversational, had been denied.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 2, 2022 3:04 PM

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson’s food and tequila truck rolls into San Antonio this weekend

The Mana Mobile will make several appearances around town between Friday and the Fourth of July.

This weekend, San Antonio fans of actor Dwayne Johnson will get a chance to smell what "The Rock" is cookin’. The action-movie icon's Mana Mobile food and tequila truck will post up at a variety of Alamo City locations through the long weekend.

San Antonio is just one stop on the Mana Mobile’s tour across the U.S., intended to show show off Johnson’s Teremana Tequila — where possible, of course — along with dishes inspired by the former wrestler's favorite cheat meals, according to a press release.

Folks looking to get a taste of the truck’s “People’s Margaritas,” made with Johnson's celebrity-brand tequila can do so at the following events:

Hemisfair Park
Friday, July 1, noon-2 p.m.
The Mana Mobile will be serve complimentary French toast sticks, tacos and the People’s Margaritas at 434 S Alamo St.

Mission Marquee Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, July 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Mana Mobile will dole out complimentary tacos, French toast sticks and the People’s Margaritas at 3100 Roosevelt Ave.

Texas Vista Medical Center
Sunday, July 3 , 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hospital employees and staff are invited to stop by the Mana Mobile for complimentary French toast sticks at 7400 Barlite Blvd.

Woodlawn Park
Monday, July 4, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
The Mana Mobile will serve up complimentary French toast sticks and tacos. 1103 Cincinnati Ave.
Representatives for the food truck didn't confirm whether Johnson will be present at any of the San Antonio events.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 2, 2022 3:05 PM

East San Antonio burger joint Mark’s Outing reviving competitive eating series

The competitors from each round will vie for a chance to win a grand prize of $1,000.

East Side restaurant Mark’s Outing — formerly Fatty’s Burgers — is reviving its Food Fight Friday competitive eating series, which will include a $1,000 grand prize.

As part of the relaunched contest, the burger haven will hold a total of eight qualifying rounds on select Fridays of each month, each featuring up to 12 contestants. Competitors in each round are challenged to finish five of its original cheeseburgers in as many minutes.

As part of its contest, winners from each round will compete in the finals at Mark's All-American Burger Fest on Saturday, October 15 for a chance to win a grand prize of $1,000.

Mark's, located at 1624 E. Commerce St., launched Food Fight Fridays last year, getting in on the post-pandemic food event action in a big way. However, it put the throw downs on hiatus until relaunching this month.

The first round took place Friday, June 3, making local Anthony Rosales the first person to qualify for the finale. Future Food Fight Fridays will take place July 1 and 22, August 5 and 19 and September 2 and 23. All will get underway at 6 p.m.

The fine print? Interested competitors must pre-register at least 24 hours before each round and must be 18 years of age or older. There's also a $15 entry fee online or in person, and competitor tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis.

And for those who worry about such things, Mark's also requires contestants to fill out liability waiver. Turns out there can be too much of a good thing.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 8, 2022 11:10 PM

San Antonio favorite Cerroni's Purple Garlic permanently closing Austin Highway location

Neighborhood Italian spot Cerroni's Purple Garlic plans to permanently shutter its Austin Highway location, citing a lack of staff, MySA reports.

Known for affordably priced pizzas, house-baked breads and lasagna, Purple Garlic’s 1017 Austin Highway outpost has served central San Antonio since 2010. While the longtime eatery will close July 27, fans still will be able to snag Cerroni's eats at its 15909 San Pedro Ave. location, according to the news site.

Cerroni's Purple Garlic originally opened on Nacogdoches Road in the 1990s and moved several times since before settling on the Austin Highway spot, which includes an outdoor patio and kid-friendly sandbox. Its San Pedro location opened in January of 2020, MySA reports.

Those looking to get their hands on one last bowl of homemade Italian wedding soup at the Austin Highway Cerroni's Purple Garlic can do so Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 8, 2022 11:12 PM

Eater names San Antonio's Jerk Shack one of America's best restaurants for fried chicken

San Antonio's Jerk Shack has racked up yet another accolade, this time landing on food site Eater’s roundup of the Best Fried Chicken in America.

The article calls chef-owner Nicola Blaque’s entrepreneurial journey a “fried chicken success story,” specifically noting the Jamaican transplant's jerk-spiced wings — a dish that also helped land the dining spot on Eater’s Best New Restaurants list back in 2019.

The Jerk Shack — located at 10234 State Highway 151, Suite 103 — is the only Texas restaurant to make Eater's fried chicken list, which also highlights Eugene’s Hot Chicken in Birmingham, Alabama and The Chicken Hut in Durham, North Carolina, among others.

Such critical high fives aren't new to the Jerk Shack, however. GQ Magazine also included the Caribbean eatery on its list of Best New Restaurants in 2020, and it also landed on Yelp’s 2022 list of women-owned restaurants to watch.

Blaque helms both The Jerk Shack and Mi Roti, a Carribean flatbread joint at the Pearl, with the help of husband Cornelius Massey.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 8, 2022 11:14 PM

Boerne building new shopping center with $4.5M restaurant spaces

Four buildings, all with drive-thru services, for the Boerne Town Center will cost an estimated $4.5 million to construct, according to separate filings with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The four buildings range from 5,053 square-feet to 5,865 square-feet with each building costing around $1.1 million. Construction on the site will take a little under a year with an expected start date of October 24 and an expected completion date of August 25, 2023, according to the filing.

The site will be off the recently completed I-10 W exit/entrance ramp and Christus Parkway in Boerne. A Panda Express, MOD Pizza, McAlister's Deli, Chicken Salad Chick are some of the businesses that are going to be in the buildings as of now, according to the Boerne Town Center site plan. The site plan also shows a Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers on the pad next to the buildings.

The population growth of Kendall County from 2020 to 2025 is expected to jump by 14%. The population in the area was 99,571 as of 2020, according to the Boerne Town Center brochure.

The project is under development by San Antonio's Abiso Real Estate. Andrew Bagnall with Abiso Real Estate declined to comment. MySA also reach out to the City of Boerne for comment.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 8, 2022 11:15 PM

Exclusive: Award-winning Mexican restaurateurs open Santa Diabla in Cerveceria Chapultepec spot

Within a few months, a new concept from Mexico will move in to the Tobin Hill area near Pearl with a dash of purity, some mischief, and a heap of hospitality experience. Santa Diabla, inspired by Mexican cantinas, will move into the former spot of Cerveceria Chapultepec in the fall.

The concept is the first U.S. crossover for award-winning restaurateurs Grupo Orraca. Rodrigo Orraca tells MySA that his father Manolo Orraca started in the food industry, developing concepts in Mexico City throughout the 1980s and 1990s, before launching Grupo Orraca in Toluca in 2008. The restaurant group includes NorteSur, Hacienda San Martin, Las Verdes Matas, and Fonda Yecapixtla throughout Mexico. Santa Diabla, the newest addition, is intended to be a cornerstone for an expansion throughout Texas spearheaded by Rodrigo.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 8, 2022 11:16 PM

All-day wine cafe Postino opening first San Antonio location

The Rim is getting a brand of cafes where “drinking wine at lunch is not a crime.” Postino WineCafe, a Phoenix-based brand, is opening its first San Antonio location next spring.

“Feeling a connection and alignment with a community is what drives us to open our doors and a new location,” Postino Co-Founder and CEO Lauren Bailey tells in a statement. “Honestly, it comes down to a feeling in my gut that this is our next home. I was born in San Antonio, so it’s a part of my personal roots. There is so much to love about the city.”

The all-day restaurant and wine cafe brand has a cult-like following with locations throughout Texas, California, Georgia, Colorado, and Arizona. San Antonio’s 4,500-square-foot installment will be next door to Torchy’s. Postino’s will be able to accommodate 226 people inside and another 93 on its spacious patio.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 9, 2022 12:21 AM

San Antonio's Cruising Kitchens strikes $100 million deal to help customers finance food trucks

Ghost and mobile kitchens experienced an uptick during the pandemic due to their lower capital investment compared to brick-and-mortar restaurants.

San Antonio-based mobile kitchen fabricator Cruising Kitchens has partnered with an Austin-based banking platform to create $100 million in financing and customized insurance for its customers.

Led by San Antonio-based entrepreneur Cameron Davies, Cruising Kitchens is a leading fabricator of mobile kitchens. Its clients include high-profile companies such as Whataburger, Karbach Brewing and Rockstar Energy. Last year, the firm purchased an entire city block at 314 Nolan St., which includes a 100,000-square-foot warehouse and parking lot.

According to a press release from the company's new partner, Austin-based Ghost Financial, their relationship will allow major national quick-service restaurants to expand into new markets and boost off-premise sales via financing options that hadn’t necessarily been available to them.

Mobile kitchens and so-called "ghost kitchens," which prepare food but offer no dining room, experienced an uptick during the pandemic, thanks to their lower capital investment compared to brick-and-mortar restaurant.

“Consistency, accuracy and speed are the critical components that make us the leaders in ghost kitchen/mobile fabrication,” Cruising Kitchens' Davies said in a statement. “Partnering with Ghost Financial … will accelerate our operations and transform Cruising Kitchens into a titan in this space. This next wave of innovation is coming to the food/beverage industry and thanks to this new relationship, Cruising Kitchens will continue to lead the charge.”

For its part, Ghost Financial pledged to continue expanding the loan component of the deal, according to company officials.

"Today, two industry-leading business models in the multi-trillion-dollar food service space finally get married with the 9-figure and multi-year Cruising Kitchens and Ghost Financial partnership,” Ghost Financial CEO John Meyer said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited for the size, scale and impact of what’s to come."

kingkirbythe.... Jul 9, 2022 4:19 PM

Food sensation Dave's Hot Chicken is officially moving into San Antonio

Dave's Hot Chicken had already promised to bring the buzzy brand to San Antonio earlier this year, but details were vague. Months later, we now know where the first San Antonio installment of the chicken chain will roost.

The spicy bird company is setting up its first San Antonio shop at Highway 151 and Hunt Lane. It will be part of Wender Plaza, a shopping center which has Sprout's as a confirmed tenant. Neither the landlord nor representatives for Dave's Hot Chicken were immediately available to comment.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 10, 2022 5:28 AM

'Smells greatly of urine': San Antonio's worst restaurant inspections halfway through 2022

In a routine restaurant inspection on January 31, a city inspector caught a restaurant employee wipe their mouth with the back of their hand, then proceed to prepare and handle food without gloves.

The restaurant's manager instructed the employee to put gloves on, but soon after, the manager themself was caught wiping their eye and subsequently touching refrigeration doors and cooked rice.

The Metropolitan Health District conducted 7,707 of these restaurant inspections in San Antonio during the first half of 2022. Nearly all (99.2 percent) restaurants received an inspection score of 80 or higher, on par with past results.

Curious how your favorite coffee, taco or pizza shop performed? We created a searchable database with every inspection and a link to its report card.

If you're curious to see the worst of the bunch, we distilled the list down below. It includes details from dead rodents and raw meat stored in grocery bags to knifes stored in mop sinks. Scroll on to see what city inspectors caught.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 10, 2022 5:30 AM

Build-your-own cinnamon roll spot Cinnaholic plans store in far Northwest San Antonio

Sweet-toothed folks on San Antonio's northwest side will soon be able to build their own gourmet cinnamon rolls at a new Cinnaholic location set for Alamo Ranch.

A July 5 filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation shows that the new store will fill a 1,231-square-foot space at 5519 W. Loop 1604, Suite 104. Cinnaholic will join other eateries Kumori Sushi and Teppanyaki, Yum Thai and Freebirds World Burrito in the Alamo Ranch Shopping Mall.

Cinnaholic offers sweet rolls topped with a variety of frostings, fruit, nuts and candies such as sprinkles and chocolate chips. The build-your-own-roll model also allows creative sugar fiends to create their own rolls.

According to the Cinnaholic website, the company operates more than 60 locations across the U.S. and Canada. San Antonio is already home to a location at 812 S. Alamo St. in Southtown.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 10, 2022 5:32 AM

Iconic San Antonio eatery Bun ’N’ Barrel has temporarily closed

Longtime San Antonio barbecue spot Bun ’N’ Barrel has closed its doors, though it’s unclear for how long, MySA reports.

The Austin Highway restaurant’s front door bore a “closed temporarily” sign on Wednesday, July 6. However, that's contrary to the business’ Google page, which lists the spot, also known for its burgers, as “permanently closed.”

The Current attempted to contact the eatery via phone and email. The phone number is listed as no longer in service and the email bounced back as undeliverable.

Bun ’N’ Barrel opened 72 years ago, doling out barbecue, burgers, milkshakes and beer via its retro-inspired digs with neon signage, MySA reports.

The spot was featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in 2011. Host Guy Fieri called the spot's spicy burger with Thai chili sauce “pretty addicting.” The restaurant also was featured in the 1997 biopic Selena.

Bun ’N’ Barrel is located at 1150 Austin Highway.

kingkirbythe.... Jul 10, 2022 5:26 PM

5 new San Antonio food trucks we can't stop thinking about

Hotter temperatures are rolling in, but that's not stopping us from heading out to San Antonio's fleet of roaming restaurants. Whether it's fresh seafood, Mediterranean, or a classic smash-style burger, our staff curated a list of must-try food trucks that have free rent in our minds.

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