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Old firehouse transforms into new Italian restaurant

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SAN ANTONIO – The historic Firehouse No. 7 has been a part of San Antonio since the 1920s, but the place got a new look -- and a new lease on life -- after it was sold about three years ago.

"This is kind of the gateway to Southtown, this old firehouse," owner Andrew Goodman said. "The city of San Antonio put it up for auction and I thought it would make a great restaurant."

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Goodman's new restaurant, Battalion, located at where the firehouse stood at 604 S. Alamo Street, pays homage to the history behind the building.

The decor enhances the original firehouse motif, with even the original sliding poles kept intact.

"The building just kind of spoke to us with the exposed walls and we really didn't do anything to them," Goodman said. "What you are seeing in 1924 to now was put on here by the firemen."

As far as the menu, Battalion Chef Stefan Bowers said he's going back to his roots.

"I started with Italian in my career," Bowers said. "I did a stay with two sisters from Positano, Italy, right after I got out of the Navy for a year."

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Fresh pasta is the heart of the menu and it is made in house every day.

"We have numerous noodles and we have what you call a paciola that is from Turino, Italy, and she makes all of our pastas for us," Bowers said.

If Italian food is one of your favorites, this is the place to try. The dishes are top-notch and full of flavor, but make sure to make a reservation because the place is always packed. 

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