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After a hiatus that began in September 2016, the Bad to the Bone BBQ food truck is back in business at the corner of Loop 410 and Nagodoches Road. Pitmaster Hector Cabello welcomed its first guests to the lot on May 14 but will formally celebrate its return on May 17 with a grand opening party at Caliente Harley-Davidson. In addition to some of the best pulled pork in town, the day will feature a pop-up from the San Antonio Aquarium, local vendors, and face painting for the kids (and maybe some of the adults — who are we to judge?).
Beacon Hill interior Mexican restaurant Sol de Mexico may have shuttered in April after a brief three-month run, but there is light for the owners A rep for the eatery tells CultureMap that they have “something big” in the works, including a new name and location. While not able to go into details just yet, the rep did say the restaurant will be making the forthcoming announcement via the Sol Facebook page.
Hotel Havana’s Ocho has announced Jessica Kuykendall as its new executive chef. Inspired by her Mexican-American roots and Cuban flavors, she has created a brand-new lunch menu, including Tacos Havana with mojo marinated pork, a pineapple and cucumber relish, and a grilled pineapple mint yogurt crema; Carnitas Ocho with crispy pork, Cuban black beans, and pickled onions; and the Havana Hippie Torta with fried green tomato, black bean hummus, and avocado. New drink options are also on tap, like a Hemingway daiquiri, Tequila julep, and a Flora & Fortitude CBD cold brew.
Head brewer Les Locke of Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery has introduced the first pale ale made with all Texas ingredients. The key was working with Hanks Hops in Somerset, whose hydroponic operation allows finicky hops to thrive where they have never been successfully cultivated. Locke also sourced from Maverick Malt in Wildorado and Texas Yeast Labs for true Lone Star terroir. Hopheads can get their first taste of the beer on May 20 at the Pearl.
Speaking of beer, another entry into San Antonio’s craft brewing seen is set to pop-up at 533 Delaware St. Viva Brewery has filed for a brewers permit with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission at the address, but no other details are known. CultureMap has reached out to the owners for more information.
An all-women lineup of chefs is raising funds and awareness at a F$#k Cancer Luau May 18 at Still Golden Social House. The party was organized by local activist Tori Santos and features a pig roast and vegan sliders from indie chefs Holley Dominguez, Monica De La O, Juliet Burley, Caitlin Regan, and Jenny Cooley. Music will be provided by Cósmicaa, DJ Anita Boogie, and Alyson Alonzo. The tiki drinks start pouring at noon.
Burger Boy has announced it won the Best New Prototype award from respected trade publication Restaurant Development + Design, a first for any Texas restaurant. An expert panel praised the second location at 9334 Potranco Rd. for its “fresh take on an iconic, older brand,” noting how the location modernized midcentury design. Ironically, for a quick-service restaurant, the eatery was in no rush to trumpet the news. The honors were bestowed back in February.