Flavor File: Southtown BBQ, an affordable pop-up and Rosella Coffee Co details 

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re in the know about Southtown’s latest restaurant. Steve and Jody Newman are joining forces with the Jason Dady Restaurant Group to launch a barbecue and beer concept inside B&D Ice House (1004 S Alamo, (210) 224-2337; the name will remain intact), which was operated by Bruno D’Zanski until 2010. The restaurant hopes to open in time for a spring launch and will focus on serving craft beer via one of the Newman Project’s signature taps, as well as barbecue, fixins and what-nots via brothers Jason and Jake Dady. This could be a match made in heaven as the Dadys have years of experience providing diners with exceptional food, service and atmosphere (Umai Mi, two Tre Trattorias, Two Bros BBQ and the DUK Truck) while the Newmans are undisputed champs of Southtown’s beer scene (this will be their third business in the area along with The Friendly Spot and Alamo Street Eat Bar). Area residents, prepare for Franklin BBQ-style lines outside this joint in the near future.

On February 27, chef Tim McDiarmid of Tim the Girl Catering (timthegirl.com) and Special Projects Social will host a fundraiser for Attic Rep Theatre, which was recently named resident company for The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The night will include cocktails, dinner, wine and entertainment for $150 per person at The Warehouse (1119 S St. Mary’s). Tickets to most McDiarmid events sell out almost immediately, so don’t sleep on this.

McDiarmid is also working on a snack-filled menu for Rosella Coffee Co. (203 E Jones, Ste 101, (210) 646-1071) shop, owned by KSAT 12 anchor/reporter Charles Gonzalez. The menu will include breakfast treats such as avocado toast with lemon, cumin and olive oil; sandwiches like smoked ham, cheddar, grain mustard and tomato; bar snacks in the way of Marcona almonds, house-marinated olives and seasoned pickles; and evening plates with a focus on charcuterie and baked cheeses. Folks can expect the shop to open within the next week or so.

Pop-ups are so hot right now. Our favorite uber-late-night pizza bar, Faust Tavern (517 E Woodlawn), will host chef Mark Garcia on Saturday, February 22 starting at 10 p.m. Garcia worked at The Monterey, Hot Joy and Barbaro, so his first solo venture will include similarly inventive goodies such as heritage pork sausage on Asian flatbread, goat neck Frito pie and a few veggie options. Items are priced under $7, so skip the Hardbodies taco truck and get some creative fare.

Finally, Pieter Sypesteyn of Where Y’at Food Truck will cap off the guest chef series at Feast (1024 S Alamo, (210) 354-1024) with a Lundi Gras, or Fat Monday, family-style dinner on March 3. Chef Stefan Bowers of Feast said the event will be a huge blowout as he turns his focus on his new American/Mediterranean project at The St. Anthony Hotel expected to be completed by July. Tickets are tentatively priced at $60; boozin’ starts at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30

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