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Buzzy burgers and haute coffee perk up this San Antonio restaurant news

Buzzy burgers and coffee perk up this San Antonio restaurant news

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Juicy burgers are given a Mexican twist at chef Johnny Hernandez's new Burgerteca. Photo by Josie Rees

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Chef Johnny Hernandez’s Burgerteca will hold its official grand opening on Monday, December 4, on the River Walk Mission Reach. The Mexican-influenced menu will feature specialty burgers like the Oaxaqueña — an Angus beef patty, mole negro, black bean spread, pickled onions, avocado, and queso fresco.

Rosella Coffee Co. is on a roll. Hot on the heels of launching Rosella at the Rand, the popular coffee and bites purveyor will be renovating the Sullivan Carriage House at the San Antonio Botanical Garden to open a new location in March 2018. The new concept will not require customers to pay admission to the garden, but an admission fee can be added to the bill for folks who want to make a day of it.

Renovations are complete at the former home of Alamo Heights' The Lion & Rose Restaurant & Pub. The new restaurant — The Winchester — will still be an English pub of sorts, but with an atmosphere that just as easily reads as a Western saloon. The grand opening is on December 28, but the soft opening is currently in full swing for dinner, with lunch coming December 4.

Culinaria has announced the dates for Winter Restaurant Week. From January 15-27, enjoy $15 lunches and $25 dinners from nearly 100 local restaurants.

Although we hardly need another reason to cheer on the Spurs, Michin Grill Kitchen and Tequila Bar is giving us another one anyway. On the day after a Spurs win, the restaurant will give out free elote or corn on the cob appetizers with any purchase.

The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa has a new chef. James Morin comes to San Antonio from the company’s Savannah location, where he opened a new concept, Moss + Oak. He replaces chef David Barrett, who is now working at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

Mixtli will be hosting a one-night-only pop-up for upcoming Austin restaurant Guild on Sunday, December 3. The menu will feature trout with dill buttermilk, smoked beet, and cucumber; hanger steak dressed with mustard greens, chanterelle, and clementine; and chess pie with calvados cream, poached apple, and a juniper and buttermilk gelato from chef/partner Sterling Ridings and pastry chef Monica Glenn Sullivan. Dishes will be paired with wines from beverage director Jeff Hammett. Tickets are $80.