Industry News: Tuk Tuk opens, Trader Joe’s on 1604 (?) and a culinary tip of the hat from USA Today 

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Good things come to those who wait? Tuk Tuk Tap Room (1702 Broadway) finally opened its doors, albeit quietly. Partners Jody and Steve Newman (Friendly Spot, Alamo Street Eat Bar, The Newman Project) and chef David Gilbert (formerly with Sustenio) are rolling out menu items and hoping to extend the soft opening stage to include exclusive preview dinners where chef can crank out his menu without a huge rush. Still, the first night was swamped with NoBro (that’s North Broadway) residents. Don’t expect a grand opening for a few more weeks, as Gilbert will be attending LuckyRice Las Vegas Night Market as SA’s only rep on October 5.

The Trader Joe’s-loving masses are about to get a new location if the State’s Comptroller’s office is to be believed. The office released its list of new sales tax permits for the week ending September 16 and the Monrovia, Calif.-based company was issued a permit for 403 N Loop 1604 W. Permits were also issued for new locations in Southlake, Dallas and Houston. Hopefully this Stone Oak location doesn’t take as long as the Quarry (350 E Basse) spot did to open.

It’s been a busy week for Bakery Lorraine (511 E Grayson). The sweetheart bakery celebrated its one-year anniversary and was featured on Travel & Leisure’s website as one of America’s best bakeries. The site lists several local favorites such as the plum upside-down cake (the recipe for which we shared September 11), Pop Tarts and frangipane tarts, while also naming a must-try item in the fig and goat cheese tart.

USA Today featured an article on SA’s rising culinary scene, which highlighted the Pearl including Green Vegetarian Cuisine, the CIA Bakery Café and Il Sogno Osteria, as well as the Westin La Cantera Resort (16641 La Cantera Pkwy) for its homemade ice cream. The article also boasted Taste of the River Walk and Culinaria’s Chef and Cellars event. I love that SA is getting some recognition, but the write-up failed to mention Andrew Weissman’s latest restaurant or The Granary (which was featured in the U.K.’s Trip Reporter for what the writer calls “new face of American cuisine; farm to fork, using delicious locally sourced ingredients in all manner of innovative ways”) … and would it have hurt to check out Southtown?

Basketball fans who enjoy not spending a ton of hard-earned cash on lackluster arena snacks will be able to take advantage of Josephine St. Café’s free park and ride program. The free bus takes off 45 minutes before tip-off, so get there early, grab a bite to eat or take it to-go and hop on board. The program begins October 30, the first Spurs home game, and continues throughout the season.

On a sad note, Mr. Tim’s Country Kitchen Café (620 S Presa) has seemingly closed. A recent visit was met with locked doors and a quick peek inside revealed an empty eatery.

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