Editor's note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of San Antonio's restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.
Openings and closings
San Antonio's wave of Southtown shutters continued on February 9 when Frida Kahlo-themed eatery Caza Azul de Andrea announced it is going dark on March 6. In a frank Facebook post, the owners said that running a business required too much time away from family and friends, so they wanted to go out on a "high note." Caza Azul joins a growing list of retired restaurants in the hip neighborhood, including Bite, Burger Culture, and Feast.
One day later, on February 10, another popular Southtown concept revealed it too had locked its doors. Luckily, Bar America's closure is only temporary. The long-running concept is undergoing renovations and will soon announce a reopening date via social media.
Vegan cinnamon roll chain Cinnaholic is giving San Antonio a sweetheart of a deal for its opening on February 14. In celebration of its arrival at 812 S. Alamo St., the shop will be selling discounted $1 cinnamon rolls from 10 am-2 pm.
Other news and notes
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas has planned a week of festivities this year for its legion of cookie monsters. From February 24 to March 1, bars and restaurants across the Alamo City will offer bites, drinks, or pairings inspired by the iconic treats. Locals can join the fun at Medina River Coffee, Busted Sandal Brewing Co., Scoop at the Mill, Dorćol Distilling & Brewing Co., The Magnolia Pancake Haus, Mi Familia at the Rim, Cereal Killer Sweets, Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, Folklores Coffee House, Rosario's, Acenar Mexican Restaurant, Scooped Cookie Dough Bar, and Krista's Culinary Creations.
World-renowned chef Johnny Hernandez is bringing back the annual Paella Challenge to Mission County Park on March 8, noon-4 pm. As always, the event will feature more than 30 versions of the quintessential Spanish dish prepared by top local talent and raise funds for culinary arts nonprofit Kitchen Campus. Tickets are available here.