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Lunch destination The Gazebo at Los Patios is closing on December 30 after 47 years in business. According to a statement on the Los Patios website, owner John McClung made the decision so he could focus on other business ventures, including private events and short-term rentals. In the remaining days of service, customers are invited to bring in a photo or memento of a celebration held at Los Patios to receive any entree from the 1971 menu at the original price. Those guests will also be invited to a cocktail reception on December 29 to give the classic restaurant one last goodbye.
Tucker’s Kozy Korner is undergoing yet another change in ownership. In a Facebook post, new operators Andrew Lake and Nathan Azar announced they were closing the bar for a quick revamp before coming back on the scene in early December. This is the third changing of the guard at the East Side institution in two years. Jeff and Jenn White, who took over the space from Boulavardier Group’s Jeret Peña, will be focusing their attention on opening their upcoming Government Hill eatery, Eastside Kitchenette.
Popular gourmet sandwich shop Hearthstone BakeryCafe is opening a third location at 3920 Harry Wurzbach Rd. Although the opening date has not been set, an employee confirmed the new addition to the family, which will include extra space that can be rented out for special events.
Beer bar The Growler Exchange is on the move. A rep tells CultureMap that the business will be leaving its 8313 Broadway St. location to take over the former location of Bahama Buck’s at 4130 Broadway St., Ste. 2. The date for the move is not available just yet, but the rep did say the new space will allow the taproom to expand into a food menu.
Just in time for the holidays, Amazon has expanded grocery pickup from Whole Foods Market in San Antonio through Prime Now. The service allows customers to place orders online and pick up groceries in as little as 30 minutes. The retail giant also delivered some good news for procrastinators. On Thanksgiving Day, Whole Foods deliveries will be made until 2 pm.
Bar Rojo at the River Walk Grand Hyatt has announced a new tailgate series to root for the University of Texas at San Antonio team. Each weekend in November, the eatery will offer speciality menu options like a wing flavor of the week and $5 draft beers.
Kung Fu Tea will be introducing a new reoccurring food series, Bites of Chinese Street Food, beginning November 10. According to a release, owner Jessica Yu was inspired by the goodies found in her hometown in China. The first offering will be crispy pancake bites, served with a choice of sauce. A new spotlighted dish will be featured each month.