America’s Walking Club national headquarters moves to historic King William neighborhood
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio is home to so many organizations and on Tuesday, Southtown welcomed a new national headquarters for America’s Walking Club. “I’ve walked in all 50 states and 14 countries,” Carl Cordes, Pacific Regional Director, of America’s Walking Club said. “The fun of exploring new places that you would not find if you went on vacation to San Antonio. Tuesday is a special day for America’s Walking Club, and this kicks off a special week that encourages fun, fitness and friendship. If you are interested in checking out the new headquarters, the America’s Walking Club is hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1008 Alamo Street.
Tiki-inspired cocktails at Hot Joy = a flaming experience
SAN ANTONIO – In the heart of Southtown, north of downtown San Antonio, you’ll find Hot Joy and once you do, you may add this to your go-to local restaurant list. If you’re thirsty, you’ll also get the perk of enjoying Tiki-inspired cocktails from one of the largest rum bars in Texas. HIs favorite cocktail is the “Pain Killer. ”“It’s a classic Tiki concept, there’s no other place in the city you can get this (Pain Killer),” Cardenas said. This includes several doses of rum and other liquors (meant to share) and it’s topped off with a flaming spark.
Foodie Film Fest continues at Good Kind Southtown with The Lunchbox and Tampopo
click to enlarge Sony Pictures Home EntertainmentThe Lunchbox will screen at The Good Kind on March 24. Slab Cinema’s Foodie Film Fest is just what it sounds like. Presented in partnership with Southtown’s The Good Kind restaurant and bar, the Foodie Film Fest showcases the diversity of various countries and languages, with screenings on Wednesdays through the end of April.March 24’s film, Ritesh Batra’s, is about a young wife trying to capture her husband’s attention by cooking appetizing lunches for him. However, due to a mix-up, her lunchboxes get delivered to a widower nearing retirement. After winning the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award, the film was also nominated in 2015 for the Best Film Not in the English Language category by the British Academy Film Awards.The Foodie Film Fest closes out the month withon March 31.sacurrent.com
Review Commission approves Rosario's new Southtown location despite petition
Following heated social media discourse, San Antonio restaurant owner Lisa Wong was granted the green light by the Historic and Design Review Commission to build a new location of Rosario's in Southtown. RELATED: Petition launched to stop Rosario's new Southtown location. "“We are happy that the Historic and Design Review Commission has approved the architectural design plans for the build of Rosario’s permanent home in Southtown. The Rosario’s Southtown location will pay homage to the historic elements of the site and incorporates guests’ new dining needs within the fabric of the distinctive neighborhood. During her comments to the commission, Wong did stress one thing.mysanantonio.com
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 change.org 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 change.org 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.sacurrent.com
Fourth time’s the charm? New plan aims to redevelop San Antonio’s old Lone Star Brewery into destination
SAN ANTONIO – It’s no secret that the old Lone Star Brewery has seen its share of failed attempts to redevelop the decades-old site, but a new development group hopes to change that. The site will be known as the Lone Star District. Map of phase 1 development for Lone Star District. AdRendering shows aerial view of Lone Star District. Rendering of Lone Star District project shows open areas with shops surrounding it.
11 San Antonio eateries praised in Texas Monthly’s roundup of best new restaurants in Texas
click image Instagram / curryboysbbqCurry Boys BBQ offers one of the magazine's top takeout appetizers. The San Antonio food scene is having a moment. At least, according tofood writers, we are.A total of 11 Alamo City eateries are featured in the 29th edition of the magazine's annual Best New Restaurants in Texas issue, which hits stands in March. The listings are divided into categories including “ Where to Eat Now ” and “ The Best To-Go Dishes .”Brasserie Mon Chou Chou at the Pearl and Little Em’s Oyster Bar in Southtown appear on's list of where to eat now. The Hayden’s Pastrami and Swiss sammie and the Calabrian Chile Fried Chicken Sandwich from downtown-area eatery Camp Outpost Co. both earn praise for being perfectly balanced in taste and texture.sacurrent.com
Southtown bus converted to library offers social justice collection
SAN ANTONIO – A colorful and cozy spot of equal economic, political and social rights is now open in Southtown. The San Antonio Mennonite Fellowship has finally opened their new library on wheels, the La Peregrina Social Justice Library. The idea to convert the bus into a library actually came from a client of the coffee shop. “We already have all of these books to do it.”The book collection focuses on topics of social and faith justice curated in both English and Spanish. La Peregrina Library's book collection focuses on topics of social and faith justice curated in both English and Spanish.
Guenther House closes temporarily out of 'an abundance of caution'
Benn Franklin, fr /Special to the ChronicleGuenther House, one of Southtown's popular breakfast spots, temporarily closed in response to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. The restaurant, museum and gift shop, which showcases the history of the C.H. Guenther & Son and serves a menu of dishes using Pioneer products announced the news on Tuesday via social media.mysanantonio.com
San Antonio chef Johnny Hernandez closes The Fruiteria to update menu and interior
click image Facebook / Johnny HernandezNoted San Antonio restauranteur Johnny Hernandez has closed his South Flores Street eatery The Fruiteria Botanero. But fans shouldn’t fret just yet — the chef plans to reopen the spot with an updated look and new menu.Hernandez said the decision to temporarily shut down The Fruiteria was inspired by the evolution of the surrounding area, The San Antonio Business Journal reports "Nine years ago, when I was imagining my Fruteria Botanero for the first time, there was a homeless man living outside my front door," Hernandez told the. "Today, Southtown has experienced some impactful changes, and it's a whole new destination. It's on the razor's edge of becoming something very special.”According to the news site, the local chef plans to treat fans to a “sneak peak" on Valentine's Day.The Botanero is located at 1401 S. Flores St., Suite 102. Thestory didn't include a reopening timeline.sacurrent.com
Amor Eterno is a new craft cocktail bar concept opening in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio is getting a new craft cocktail bar concept in Southtown called Amor Eterno. The menu for Amor Eterno is inspired by “Tejano street fare,” according to a spokesperson. Menu items, developed in partnership with popular pop-up concept ¡Bucho!, will include things like ceviche wonton tacos, hot chicken tacos, Tejano Cubano, Ol’ Fashion donut and more. (Amor Eterno)The new spot, located at 540 S. Presa Street, is celebrating its grand opening on Jan. 6. Amor Eterno is occupying the space that was formerly Don Martin’s Coffee Co.Related:
San Antonio venue Ivy Hall Events honored by wedding app The Knot for pandemic efforts
click image Insatgram / Ivy Hall EventsThe Knot, a top wedding-planning brand and app, has bestowed Southtown venue Ivy Hall Events with one of its annual Best of Weddings awards.The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted or cancelled many 2020 weddings, so the Knot's awards this year honor vendors who went above and beyond to help couples navigate the health crisis. The awards incorporate reviews by real couples and their families.Ivy Hall adjusted schedules to accommodate postponed weddings and also helped couples host socially distanced ceremonies in accordance with state and local guidelines. "We are so excited to win this year. Ivy Hall Events is such a special place, and we love seeing couples start their journey together here,” Tim McDiarmid — owner of Ivy Hall Events, The Good Kind Southtown and Tim the Girl Catering — said in a release.The Ivy Hall Events space surrounds The Good Kind Southtown, featuring greenery, a vine-covered converted warehouse with restrooms, a staging area, and amenities. Prior to the pandemic, Ivy Hall Events regularly hosted full scale weddings, retreats, corporate events, dinners, concerts and more.sacurrent.com
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.sacurrent.com
San Antonio restaurant Pharm Table reveals opening plan for new, larger Southtown location
click to enlarge Courtesy of Pharm TableChef Elizabeth Johnson will close the doors of her current Pharm Table location Saturday to transition to bigger digs — and an expanded menu — in Southtown next month.Originally slated for a November 2020 opening, the new Southtown location will host a Pharm Table food truck until the restaurant is able to safely offer indoor and outdoor dining.December 19 will mark the last day of service at the current location — near the Tobin Center at 106 Auditorium Circle — which features Johnson’s Ayurvedic approach to anti-inflammatory cooking, emphasizing eating for one's particular body type.Those food philosophies will carry over into the new space, even driving the brand new cocktail program helmed by local consultant Houston Eaves, known for the innovative beverage programs of the Esquire Tavern, Downstairs and El Mirador.In addition to the restaurant's primarily plant-based food items, the food truck will offer three new craft cocktails, natural wines and beers, and other drinkable Pharm Table staples such as wellness shots and hot teas.The Pharm Table food truck will begin service on December 29, offering online, contactless ordering for patio dining or takeout. The new larger space is located at 812 S. Alamo Street, and plans to open its doors in Southtown by mid January.sacurrent.com
New San Antonio oyster bar Little Em’s will open in Southtown this weekend
click image Instagram / littleemsoysterbarFollowing a series of successful weekend soft openings, new Southtown oyster spot Little Em’s Oyster Bar will welcome guests Friday, mySA reports The quaint 50-seat eatery will offer six types of fresh oysters sourced from both coasts, as well as shrimp, ceviche, crab, lobster rolls, a house burger and more.Chef Benjamin Crumley — a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry and 2020Bloody Mary Battle champion — told the news site that the official launch menu is still being finalized.“We’re steering away from Gulf oysters to make sure guests are able to get oysters that you aren’t able to enjoy [in SA] normally,” Crumley told the Current earlier this year. “It’s not just about eating, it’s about creating an experience.”In terms of tipples, Little Em's will offer an extensive wine list, including a "huge" sparkling wine selection, in addition to local craft beers on draft.Little Em’s Oyster Bar is located at 1001 S. Alamo St., in the former storage space of Madhatters Tea House and Cafe. Following the grand opening on Friday, hours of operation will be Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.sacurrent.com
All proceeds from Southtown Coffee trailer go to families seeking asylum
SAN ANTONIO – Tis the season for giving back and at this southtown church parking lot, two trailers are doing just that. “I thought would if we could have refugees that are our staff.”Best-Richmond is a pastor at the San Antonio Mennonite Church in southtown. “All of our space and our money is something we can give back to the community," Best-Richmond said. The employees are all family members seeking asylum while staying at the Mennonite Church. “We are just really hoping that this will be kind of a cultural center for the whole community," Best-Richmond said.
Chef at the helm of anticipated Southtown San Antonio oyster bar shares a longtime family recipe
click image Instagram / littleemsoysterbarclick to enlarge Nina RangelPecan pieces work, too — in a pinch. “We usually have a plate of them set out, and I just randomly stuff my face with them whenever I pass by. That’s our tradition: me sneaking cookies and my mom randomly yelling, ‘Who keeps eating all the damn cookies? This doesn't have to be perfect; the caramel will continue to spread slightly as the bars bake in the oven.Bake for 10 minutes. The sauce will bubble, and your house will smell divine.Cut crackers into squares while they are still warm, and allow them to cool completely before removing from baking sheet.sacurrent.com
Rosario’s Mexican Café y Cantina moving to new Southtown location
San Antonio – For the past 28, Rosario’s Mexican Café y Cantina has been a staple in the Southtown area and now, for the third time, the popular restaurant will be moving locations. New concept photos of Rosario's new location Courtesy: Rosario's Mexican Café y Cantina (KSAT)New concept plans for the restaurant were released and included expanded guest experience options with indoor and outdoor dining areas, a rooftop terrace, various court spaces and niches within the development that provide flexible gathering spaces. “Our new construction plans will incorporate all the care we have for heritage, our neighboring community, and our customers' new dining needs," Wong said. “I also want my long-time customers to feel comfortable in a new Rosario’s that has the same charm and hospitality they have enjoyed for decades, incorporating safety protections in a COVID world.”New concept photos of Rosario's new location Courtesy: Rosario's Mexican Café y Cantina (KSAT)The new location is expected to open sometime in 2021. RELATED:Your guide to the 5 top spots in San Antonio’s King William neighborhoodPopular San Antonio burger joint closes original location on the West Side
San Antonio’s Dorćol Distilling and Brewing celebrating Dia de los Muertos with special beer releases
click to enlarge Courtesy Suck It Up SAclick to enlarge Courtesy Suck It Up SADorćol Distilling and Brewing has released special runs of it’s SA Hefe and Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. The maple butterscotch cookies are handmade by the company's main, Ana Cabrera, who also creates cocktail kits using fresh juice and garnishes.In addition, Dorćol is dusting off bottles of its Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, a hefty 9% ABV dark beer that boasts notes of chocolate, coffee, oak and wild berry from the five months it's aged in wood. The brewery only has a handful of these on hand, so dark beer lovers will need to act fast to land one of the 750ml bombers, priced at $20.Dorćol is taking orders for the brews on its website for pickup beginning Wednesday, October 28. The brewery and distillery, located at 1902 S. Flores St., is currently only open for to-go purchases. Interested beer lovers can order online to schedule pickup or stop by Wednesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m.sacurrent.com
‘We’re a huge part of the recovery,’ says San Antonio bar owner pushing for coronavirus relief
SAN ANTONIO – Jody Newman is the owner of The Friendly Spot in Southtown. We at the friendly spot, we did it for over four and a half months. Bexar County Commissioners Court to hear details on plan to help bars reopenNewman has been an active voice for the Texas Bar and Restaurant Association. Catch KSAT Q&A live at 6:30 p.m. and on the Nightbeat. Related: ‘This is not what we want’: Bar owners react to Bexar County Judge’s decision to reopen bars
SAPD: Southtown man shoots, kills armed man caught breaking into apartment
A man shot and killed another man who was allegedly breaking into a neighbor's home at a Southtown apartment complex late Sunday night, according to police. San Antonio police said the 25-year-old shooter is a resident on the fourth floor of the Flats at Big Tex apartment complex, located at 423 Blue Star. According to police, a resident said he could hear loud banging around 11:30 p.m. as he was sitting in his apartment and called the 25-year-old. While still on the phone, the resident saw someone standing on his balcony with his window broken and fled from the apartment.mysanantonio.com
Report: Bar Loretta to take over Madhatters Tea House & Cafe space in 2021
SAN ANTONIO – Next year, a new bar will take the place of a popular Southtown cafe that is closing its doors, management confirmed on social media. Madhatters Tea House and Cafe announced Tuesday it would be closing its doors after 20 years of operation. To our... Posted by Madhatters Tea House and Cafe on Tuesday, October 13, 2020“Madhatters and I are retiring! Recent... Posted by Madhatters Tea House and Cafe on Monday, March 23, 2020“Owning a business in Southtown and King William has been a wonderful experience for us for the past decade,” The Tea House said on Facebook. Let’s all pitch in to support one another.”According to a report from the San Antonio Business Journal, Bar Loretta will be taking over the space.
New Southtown coffee spot to help asylum seekers
SAN ANTONIO – Diversity is brewing in San Antonio’s newest coffee spot in Southtown. The bakery and coffee trailer is run by the pastor of the church, Katie Best-Richmond, who said its to help families in San Antonio seeking asylum. The coffee shop is run by volunteers and asylum seekers themselves. Café Cotidiano in Southtown hopes to help families seeking asylum through coffee. “Whatever money we need to live and be active members of the community, that’s also what (asylum seekers) need,” Best-Richmond said.
San Antonio restaurant Pharm Table expands menu and footprint amid COVID-19 pandemic
click to enlarge Courtesy Pharm TableLocal plant-based chef Elizabeth Johnson isn’t letting the COVID-19 pandemic thwart her restaurant’s evolution. On the contrary, Pharm Table is relocating to larger digs in Southtown this fall, boasting an expanded menu and new leadership.Along with the growing footprint, Johnson is broadening lunch and dinner offerings to include what she’s calling an apothecary kitchen approach. Consultant Houston Eaves, known for the innovative beverage programs of the Esquire Tavern and Downstairs, will oversee beverages with a focus on natural wines and beers plus cocktails using high-quality spirits and fresh, herbaceous ingredients. "The idea is to generally align the cocktails with Ayurvedic principles using spices and citrus ... with accessible cocktails that use ingredients that typically fly under the radar," Eaves told the. The restaurant will also include distanced seats in the interior and exterior dining areas plus designated spaces for curbside pickup.sacurrent.com
Southtown eatery Hot Joy to offer Luby’s-themed tribute family meal all weekend long
click image Instagram / 8thgenlindsWhile it may not have been haute cuisine, we can all agree Luby’s holds a special, nostalgic place in Texan’s hearts. Southtown eatery Hot Joy is attempting to salve the grief of its impending closure with a Texas-sized tribute family meal this weekend.Hot Joy’s Family Feast features corn flake-crusted fish, fried chicken and miso gravy, meatloaf fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, gooey mac & cheese, green beans and ‘zombie jello,’ all in the name of paying tribute to a Texas staple.The family meal — which is touted to feed four "healthy sized people" — will be available via curbside and delivery all weekend, and is priced at $45. Call the restaurant to place a pickup order, or get it delivered via Grubhub, Doordash or Favor.Hot Joy is located at 1014 S Alamo St. and is open daily from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. No cash payments currently being accepted.sacurrent.com
San Antonio's Blue Star Contemporary Offers Downloadable Coloring Book With a Familiar Southtown Setting
click to enlarge Alex Rubio/ Blue Star Contemporary Coloring BookStrolling through art galleries is one of the many pleasures to be missed while doors have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.Nonprofit art space Blue Star Contemporary recognized that the scenic value of its surrounding complex, Southtown's Blue Star Arts Complex, is also part of the appeal. So, the gallery is offering downloadable and printable BSC Coloring Book to craft away those Southtown withdrawals.Alex Rubio, BSC's MOSAIC artist-in-residence, created color-ready pages of recognizable scenes from the grounds of the complex. The at-home art projects are meant to offer a creative and mindful method of connecting with a familiar setting.Now, those used to regularly visiting the complex and its surroundings, can visually experience views of brick buildings, tall power lines and the Pioneer Flour Mill above.BSC invites those who color the pages to share their work on social media by tagging @bluestarart and #bluestarcontemporary.sacurrent.com
San Antonio's La Tuna Serving Up Brisket Tacos and Chicken on a Stick Despite Delayed Fiesta
click to enlarge Instagram / latunaicehouseFiesta has moved to November , but that's not stopping La Tuna from celebrating. The Southtown ice house and grill is offering a couple of the citywide festival's favorite foods to go.In honor of Fiesta's opening day, which would have been this Thursday had a pandemic not gotten in the way, the establishment will host its La Tuna Curbside Fiesta Kickoff , offering takeout and curbside chicken on a stick and brisket tacos.La Tuna will offer the special menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Guests can call ahead to place orders for Fiesta-themed food and to-go six packs. The regular menu will also be available.sacurrent.com
'We are not alone': Owner of Southtown office lost in fire pens letter thanking San Antonio
'We are not alone': Owner of Southtown office lost in fire pens letter thanking San Antonio 'THANK YOU San Antonio! That's how the owner of Sweb Development described the fire that stripped her Southtown office to a smoldering husk. In a letter shared with mySA.com, Chocano thanked the San Antonio community for its support. READ MORE: 'Were ready for business on Monday': Owner of Southtown office lost in fire speaks outShe noted that the business "never skipped a beat" and opened Monday morning in donated office space. Read the full letter from Chocano below:THANK YOU San Antonio!mysanantonio.com
15 best San Antonio restaurants for chips and salsa on National Tortilla Chip Day, according to Yelp
SAN ANTONIO – In case you are needing an excuse to nosh on chips and salsa, today is National Tortilla Chip Day. It’s just a day to celebrate two great things in the world: tortillas and chips. Add some salsa and you’ve got yourself an apt Monday snack. New taco joint at Pearl’s food hall now openHere are some restaurants that serve the best chips and salsa, according to Yelp. The review site compiled ratings, reviews of actual chips and salsa and price to devise the list, but we’re sure the guacamole and queso are up to par for pairing as well.
Bar America Announces Temporary Closure for Building Renovations
Though the 78-year-old Bar America is looking better than ever these days, there's still work to be done.The Southtown watering hole closed its doors this week for renovations. The Bar America team took to social media on Monday, assuring patrons that the closure is temporary, and renovations will be completed soon.Bar America unveiled several major projects including a new building mural and rooftop patio in 2019. Current renovations are expected to be completed in the coming weeks.Thehas reached out for additional comment. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com