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New Kids on the Block: San Antonio Restaurant Openings and Closings in 2017 

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click to enlarge Rolling Fish Sushirrito and Poké - LAUREN DE HOYOS
  • Lauren De Hoyos
  • Rolling Fish Sushirrito and Poké

The Pearl opened its long-awaited Bottling Department Food Hall (the first of its kind in San Antonio) and with it came Tenko Ramen, The Good Kind, Maybelle’s, Bud’s Southern Rotisserie and Fletcher’s Hamburgers. Find it at 312 Pearl Pkwy., Building 6.

Rolling Fish Sushirrito and Poké opened with well, sushirritos, poké and bubble tea. Find build-it-yourself salads, rice bowls, sushirritos and more. Find them at 12730 I-10 W., Suite 304, (210) 592-1003.

The Art of Donut, which originally opened shop as a food truck last December at The Point Park & Eats by Andrea Aguirre and Miguel Aja, opened its brick-and-mortar shop inside the space formerly held by The Fairview. Find them at 3428 N. St. Mary’s St.

The Social Spot replaced Pink’s Place on Broadway with new owners and upcoming liquor license. Find them at 930 Broadway, (210) 263-9009.

El Luchador opened off Roosevelt with lots of Mexican wrestling-themed art, drink specials and comfortable seating. Find them at 622 Roosevelt Ave., (210) 272-0016.


Fahrenheit 32, the El Paso-based chain opened its first location in San Antonio, on August 27. Find them at 226 W. Bitters Road, Suite 119, (210) 627-6232.

Shake Shack opened its first San Antonio location off San Pedro with Texas-friendly bites such as the Lockhart Link Burger, a cheeseburger topped with griddled Kreuz Market jalapeno cheese sausage link with ShackSauce and pickles. Find them at 7427 San Pedro Ave.

Yellowfish San Antonio, the first to bring San Antonio sushirritos, opened a third location. Find them at 17711 I-10 W., Suite 104, (210) 476-5186.

Boss Bagels opened in Alamo Heights on August 29 with breakfast and lunch options for bagel lovers. Find them at 6458 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 504-4888.


Squeezers Co. opened its first brick-and-mortar on September 4. Find them at 317 Probandt Road, (210) 376-7455.

In booze news, Alamo Distilling Co. opened off Chestnut with a line of craft whiskies, rum and a tasting room. Find them 621 Chestnut St., (210) 325-7853.

El Bucanero opened its third location, this time off Marbach Road on September 7. That’s a lot more ceviche to go around. Find them at 8300 Marbach Road, (210) 645-7337.

We have more choices when it comes to chicken and waffles with the opening of The South Chicken and Waffles on September 9. Find them at 5739 Callaghan Road, Suite. 100, (220) 647-6677.

Pinch Boil House & Bia Bar started its soft opening process on September 8. Find them at 124 N. Main Ave., (210) 971-7774.

The guys behind Toastie Buns fired up the engine to one of the city’s first food trucks. Follow them on Facebook to see where they’re cookin’.

Pastries and coffee are back in Olmos Park with the mid-September opening of Eaton Sweet Coffee Bar. Find them at 5223 McCullough Road,
(210) 275-1969.

The Alta Vista neighborhood scored a new eatery in Outlaw Kitchens, which opens from 5 to 8 p.m. with take-away dinners and seats for about 23 guests. The menu changes twice a week and they only serve two entrees. Find them at 2919 N. Flores St., (210) 300-4728.

Tucker’s Kozy Korner reopened on September 22 under new management. Spoiler alert: It’s still kozy. Find them at 1338 E. Houston St., (210) 320-21192.

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  • Jessica Elizarraras
  • Greek pastitsio (foreground) and vegetable lasagna from Outlaw Kitchens.


Chef Jason Dady opened his modern chophouse, Range, inside the former Lüke. The eatery packs in Hill Country faves like Parisa (a cheesy beef tartare), table-side martinis, great service and blue cotton candy as a sweet finale. Find them at 125 E. Houston St., (210) 227-4455.

Rosella at the Rand opened with coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner along with cocktails, wine and beer inside a modern space at the corner of Soledad and Houston. Find them at 114 E. Houston St., (210) 277-8574.

Breathe Lounge opened near the airport with happy hour and funky programming including a singles masquerade affair on November 11 and a fashion show December 2. Find them at 8800 Broadway, Suite 102.

The I-10 & Boerne Stage Road area gained a new piano bar in Bar 301, by the owners of Fralos. Find them at 23567 W. I-10.

Squeezers Co. added a new tenant to its home with Espressivo Coffee, opened by two baristas formerly at Halcyon. The coffee joint joins a yoga studio and the aforementioned juice shop at the location. Find them at 317 Probandt, (210) 560-4669.

Part music venue, part restaurant and bearing several bars, Dallas-based The Rustic opened with a concert by co-owner Pat Green, shuttered for a few days to clear up permitting issues and then finally opened for good. Find them at 17619 La Cantera Pkwy., Suite 204, (210) 245-7500.

The Barrios empire expanded by one with the addition of La Hacienda Scenic Loop inside the former Scenic Loop Cafe. The space serves Sunday brunch with a combination of items from its new and former owners. Find them at 25615 Boerne Stage Road, (210) 687-1818.

A year after a nasty fire put its kitchen out of commission, Francis Bogside reopened its doors on Halloween. The bar now has expanded seating and a new chef in Chris Cook. Find them at 803 S. St. Marys St., (210) 988-3093.

The Lone Star Arts District gained a new brewery with the opening of Künstler Brewing Co. in late October. Find them at 302 E. LaChapelle, (210) 688-4519.

San Antonio’s first poké truck rolled into town in late October. Follow Poke Man on Facebook for location updates.

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  • Bar 301

Tony G’s relocated from St. Paul Square to Denver Heights inside the former Tommy Moore’s Cafe. The fried chicken is worth a visit alone. Find them at 915 Hackberry St., (210) 451-1234.

Kung Fu Tea, a New York City-based boba tea franchise opened near UTSA in early November. Find them at 7211 Green Glen Drive, (210) 239-5333.

Viva La Dough opened off De Zavala Road with raw, egg-free cookie dough in Spurstastic flavors. Find them at 6222 De Zavala Road, Suite 104.

The former home of Nectar Wine Bar now houses a laid-back bar with great specials in The Trophy Room, which opened last week. Find them at 214 Broadway Suite 103, (210) 257-5152.

After a move from Cibolo, 5 Stones Artisan Brewing opened the doors to their new brewery and tap room in New Braunfels. Find them and their wares at 11335 FM 1863, 78132 New Braunfels.

The owners of Bang Bang Bar fixed their food problem by taking over Roy’s Taco Hut and bringing back a familiar face with Kris Martinez, and opening The Dogfather, a hot dog joint. Find them at 6211 San Pedro Ave., (210) 320-1187.

Exactly a year after closing due to a fire, The Phantom Room rose from the ashes with a mid-November opening. Find them at 2106 N. St. Mary’s St.

The Truckin’ Tomato opened a new Saturday market near the airport with artisan vendors and local produce. Find them at 10511 Wetmore Road, (210) 802-5717.

There’s more Vietnamese-style crawfish in town with the second opening by LA Crawfish. The Stone Oak location can be found at 22502 281 N., Suite 110,
(210) 600-3337.

Boba tea is closer to downtown with the opening of Brew’s Lee Tea. No powders or mixes here, just fine teas and chewy boba (maybe some cream cheese). Find them at 4009 Broadway.

The Clean Plate may have closed this spring, but in its place is The Point on Main. Get to The Point for breakfast on weekdays and a tasty Cubano for lunch. Find them at 1022 N. Main, (210) 222-2226.

San Antonio opened a second Taiwanese shaved ice joint (see Snopioca) this November with Snowflake Paradice. The shop uses organic ingredients and fruits to make their snow-like desserts. Find them at 12730 I-10 W., Suite 303, (210) 465-7041.

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