Flavor File: Block party at Dorcol, Bar America reopens and Easter brunch options 

click to enlarge Bar America’s back with some upgrades - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Bar America’s back with some upgrades

Bar America opened this past Friday under new ownership. Brian Correa, grandson and nephew to former owners Joe, Martin and Angie Ramirez, took over ownership this winter and has rehabilitated the bar by adding necessary changes to the women’s restrooms and a new paint job. The bar will now accept debit and credit cards while also adding a full lineup of liquor to the offerings. All of it sounds fine and dandy, but the most controversial change is the addition of an internet jukebox. Correa said records from the original jukebox are being uploaded into the new machine, so patrons shouldn’t panic just yet. “Change is a good thing or a bad thing depending on who you ask, but we’re hoping to cater to all and stick around for another 30 years at least, to make it an even 100,” Correa said.

Dorcol Distillery is hosting “Surface2Art,” a fundraiser for Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum along with SATX Music on April 19 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The event will close down South Flores and La Chapelle for art exhibits, 16 DJs, food trucks, rakia tastings, tours of the distillery and music by Donnie Dee, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal, Mexicans With Guns, Rise and more. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the gate. Contact music manager Libby Day at (602) 568-0308 or Dorcol at (210) 229-0607.

A new Northside spot comes via Stone Oak’s Muelle 58 Cevicheria & Grill (19903 Stone Oak, Ste 202, (210) 267-5865). The seafood restaurant held a soft opening on March 28 and is serving up ceviche, tartare towers and tostadas.

Let’s talk Easter. Even if you’re not of the church-going persuasion, there’s no reason not to don your Sunday best and crash a few Easter brunches. Max’s Wine Dive (340 E Basse, (210) 444-9547) will serve Easter brunch (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and dinner (4 p.m.-10 p.m.) featuring chef Justin Johnson’s spring menu. Max’s sister location, Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden (312 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 354-4644) will host its own celebration with Texas-style items by chef Jeff White including lobster carbonara pot pie and Wagyu hanger steak benedict. If you’re hanging with grandma, visit Earl Abel’s (1201 Austin Hwy, (210) 822-7333) for their Nutella “Thins” pancake special ($10) and full Easter menu ($19-$26). Look for a complete list of events at sacurrent.com.

It’s time for another foodie-focused event. Culinaria will host a Chefs for Chefs scholarship fundraiser April 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. The organization is ditching stuffiness by hosting a pop-up picnic at Brackenridge Park with chefs Jason Dady, Jesse Perez, Stefan Bowers, Robbie Nowlin, Mark Bliss, Bruce Auden, Johnny Hernandez, Steve McHugh and Jorge Hernandez of Austin’s Qui. Tickets ($50) can be purchased through Eventbrite.



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