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Hometown hero bringing 2 new restaurants to Southside

Hometown hero bringing 2 new restaurants to Southside

La Gloria tostadas
Johnny Hernandez will still be serving La Gloria's popular tostadas at the new Brooks location. Photo courtesy of Grupo La Gloria
El Machito meats
A meaty spread from Johnny Hernandez's El Machito. Photo courtesy of Grupo La Gloria
La Gloria tostadas
El Machito meats

Big changes are in store for the Southside. Celebrated chef and hometown hero Johnny Hernandez announced his restaurant group is bringing two new concepts to Brooks, the neighborhood's new mixed-used development, by fall 2018.

The first is the relocation of meaty Alamo Quarry Market restaurant El Machito. Hernandez is giving up the Alamo Cement Company Building spot where he has been serving mesquite-grilled asadero since 2014. Although the dining room will be different, the grill will keep the same popular menu of parrilladas and a few house specialties like enchiladas. The last day of business for the original El Machito will be Sunday, November 12.

“We’re excited to move El Machito into a new neighborhood and introduce the concept to a new audience,” Hernandez said in a release. “The Southside of San Antonio has been rapidly expanding and we are thrilled to be joining this growing community at Brooks. We will still deliver the same traditional menu items our dedicated fans already love.”

Brooks will also gain a new location of Hernandez’s interior Mexican street food concept, La Gloria. The new eatery will be the fourth San Antonio location of the mini-chain, following locations at the Pearl, Dominion, and the San Antonio International Airport. A fifth location opened in Las Vegas’ Caesar Palace in 2015. Again, Hernandez will stick to what works. The tacos, tortas, and tlayudas — not to mention the margaritas and palomas — will carry over from the other locations' menus.

The two restaurants will be located off Southeast Military and Kennedy Hill Drive and are the first two restaurants announced to be added to 43-acre park The Greenline, connecting to the San Antonio River Mission Reach. The exact opening date for both will be announced on a future date.