Make that a double

Brand-new San Antonio development doubles up with 2 new burger joints

Brand-new San Antonio development doubles up with 2 new burger joints

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Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill is bringing burgers and beer to La Cantera Heights. Thirsty Lion/Facebook

Hot off the news that local phenom La Panadería was opening a third location in La Cantera Heights, it appears two more restaurants are joining the 19-acre project.

The first comes to San Antonio via Israel. In a release, Austin-based CSW Development announced that slider restaurant Burgerim is set to open its fourth area location in the development in summer 2020. The new outpost was teased in October 2018, when the fast-casual chain announced the opening of its Ingram Park Mall eatery, but the exact location was not known until now.

Burgerim, whose name translates to “many burgers” in Hebrew, specializes in what the brand calls “sensibly sized burgers" — aka sliders. Like many of its contemporaries, the restaurant allows guests to build their own creations from a large selection of patties and toppings, many with a Middle Eastern inspiration.

The brand has garnered popularity in the Alamo City for its variety and flexible serving sizes. True to its name, Burgerim indeed does allow customers to purchase many burgers with options to buy in packs of one, two, three, or 16. The chain also offers a variety of other dishes like chicken and ribeye sandwiches, salads, and desserts like its signature Marshmallow Dream Bar, a take on Rice Krispies treats.

Burgers, albeit beefier full-size versions, will also be on tap when Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill makes its summer 2020 debut. The restaurant, owned by Portland-based hospitality firm Concept Entertainment, will be the first San Antonio outpost and only the third in Texas (the other two are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area).

In addition to the burgers, Thirsty Lion serves an international snacks menu that encompasses sushi rolls, chipotle hummus, poke, Scotch eggs, street tacos, and artichoke spinach dip. The larger entrées tend to be Asian-inspired, but the restaurant seemingly has wanderlust, pairing Korean fried chicken and curries with pork carnitas tacos and fish and chips.

In addition to the main fare, Thirsty Lion will also have a full bar. Although the final list has not been published yet, the spot focuses on a wide craft beer selection with plenty of Texas pours, whiskey flights, and twists on classic cocktails like Manhattans, mojitos, and margaritas.

Since ground was just broken on May 1, there is no exact address for either of the restaurants. Once completed, the development will encompass both the northwest and southwest tracts of land off La Cantera Parkway and Interstate 10.