Southtown eateries Maverick Texas Brasserie and Rosario’s duke it out over proposed building plans

click image Instagram / maverick.sanantonioThe owner of Southtown's Maverick Texas Brasserie is asking for community help to halt a nearby construction project that he argues could put his restaurant out of business.Restaurateur Lisa Wong in December applied to the Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC) for approval to demolish a large part of the former El Mirador restaurant at 722 S. St. Mary’s St. and prep the space for an expansion of her popular Mexican food spot Rosario's The proposed design includes a 20-foot wall built six inches from Maverick's patio space. “You have my commitment there, and any other issues that we need to work through, you have my commitment as well. The project is very important to me.”Maverick Texas Brasserie, which was recognized byas one of the 100 best wine restaurants in America in 2019 , has taken to social media and petition site for support as it asks Wong to amend her building plans.“Our goal is to work with the King William & La Vaca Historic Neighborhood Associations and the Historic Design Review Commission to build a neighborhood with integrity and respect for all who live and do business here,” Maverick’s petition states “Please show your support and request a new design that doesn't block the Maverick patio or overwhelm the parking demand. Let's work together to be good neighbors and create a new Rosario's plan that works for all of us.”According to the, commissioners overseeing Wednesday’s HDRC meeting voted to delay consideration of Wong’s application. It's now scheduled for March 17.

Sexy new Southtown bar Amor Eterno will open its doors to San Antonio on New Year's Eve

click image Instagram / amoreterno_saAnticipated Southtown drinkery Amor Eterno will greet its first guests during a New Year’s Eve soiree meant to unveil its puro flavors to the artsy near-downtown neighborhood.Veteran bar owners Brian Correa and Aaron Peña, who soldiered on with preparations for the sexy new space during the pandemic, say they're eager to serve up elevated drinks and chef-prepared bar eats.“We were both certain [the pandemic] would strip us of our respective businesses,” said Peña, who also owns Squeezebox on the St. Mary's Strip. Reservations for the limited indoor seating can be made by filling out an online form Guests will be limited to two-hour windows at their table, and the drinkery will stop accepting reservations at 11 p.m. on the night of the event. Walk-ins will be admitted, as long as capacity allows.Bites for the evening will include a charcuterie board and an order of ceviche tacos from the team behind ¡Bucho!, a Tex-Mex pop-up venture operated by Jerry Moreno, Sohayla Hendrix and Gino Vidal.The ¡Bucho! trio — which boasts more than 30 years of combined experience in the service industry — creates locally sourced fare that aims to compliment Amor Eterno’s homage to old-school San Antonio.The new bar is located at 540 S. Presa St., in the space formerly occupied by Don Martin's Coffee Co. It will open at 7 p.m. and close at 2 a.m., so long as the city doesn't implement a holiday curfew.