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Raising Cane's rolls out first double drive-thru in San Antonio, plus more food news

Raising Cane's adds first double drive-thru to San Antonio, plus more

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Get your chicken fingers even faster with Raising Cane's first double drive-thru. Raising Cane's/ Facebook

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An “extraction bar” opened July 11 inside new office space Paradox Coworking at 8522 Broadway St. Blüm Specialty Coffee & Tea comes from James Mireles and Liza Moreno-Mireles, the married couple behind roasting company Pulp Coffee. In addition to caffeinated beverages, Blum sells pastries, salads, and assorted desserts.

Raising Cane’s is opening yet another outpost in San Antonio. The location at 11703 Bandera Rd. is expected to arrive in October and will carry the same menu of chicken fingers, crinkle-cut fries, and Texas toast. There will be one big difference, however, from Alamo City’s 14 other Raising Cane’s. The new shop will boast the fast casual chain’s first local double drive-thru.

1718 Steakhouse is bringing its beef to Stone Oak. In a surprise Facebook announcement, the upscale restaurant has announced that a new location would be opening at 20626 Stone Oak Pkwy. on July 23. It’s unclear whether the new location will have the same menu as the Alamo original, but the restaurant assures fans via the comments that it will remain open.

After eight years of impressing San Antonio with approachable and thoughtful fare (and perhaps the city’s best fried chicken), Esquire Tavern chef Brooke Smith is moving onto the next stage of her career. In a release, the Esquire did not divulge where fans can find Smith next but did offer some highlights of her nearly decade-long stint at the River Walk  eatery, including executing 16 seasonal menus, serving 610,000 fried pickles, and mentoring more than 150 staff members. Those are big shoes to fill, but Esquire is now conducting a search to name a new executive chef. Interested parties can apply here.

In other staff shuffles, The St. Anthony Hotel has named Michael McClellan as its new food and beverage director. The industry vet, who has led culinary operations at La Cantera Resort & Spa, Hotel Emma, and Omni La Mansion del Rio, will oversee Gallery on the Park, The St. Anthony Club, and the property’s catering operations.

Fast food fave Taco Cabana has introduced an affordable new alcohol program to nine San Antonio locations, including a $4 blue rocks margarita, $9.95-$12.95 pitchers, and $2 shots (including a sopapilla shot with Rumchata and Fireball whiskey). The offerings will be available for dine-in only at 4723 W. Commerce St., 543 W. Malone Ave., 2347 E. Southcross Blvd., 7339 San Pedro Ave., 2627 NW Loop 410, 5738 W. Loop 1604 N, 6040 Bandera Rd., 1255 NE Loop 410, and 4315 NW Loop 410.