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5 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Popular brewery busts into Helotes

5 things to know in San Antonio food: Local brewery busts into Helotes

Busted Sandal Brewing Company
Busted Sandal is busting into Helotes this month. Busted Sandal Brewing Company/Facebook

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Openings and closings

San Antonio microbrewery Busted Sandal Brewing Company is the latest concept moving to Helotes. In a January 6 Facebook video, the beer nerd favorite announced it is settling in at 14743 Old Bandera Rd. Unit 5. The exact open date is still up in the air, but the video promised a debut in January.

Meanwhile, Connecticut-based franchise Wayback Burgers is expanding into the Alamo City with its first two locations. If all goes well, a North Side store at 1723 N. Loop 1604 E. will introduce locals to its chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, and shakes before January 17. A second outpost will follow at 3142 Pat Booker Rd. in early spring, according to a company rep.

A perky new business at 9630 Huebner Rd. Is taking full advantage of the red-hot CBD trend. Rodkeys quietly opened its doors January 6, selling coffeehouse fare like coffee and kombucha plus an assortment of CBD-fueled products ranging from beard conditioner to raw Texas honey.

Other news and notes

Buzzy Hong Kong bar The Pontiac is making its way to Jet-Setter for one night only on January 17. The Jack Daniels-sponsored shindig, one of many activations held during the San Antonio Cocktail Conference, will also feature cited from Sichuan house and bops from DJ Jarvis. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required — and folks should be prepared for a line as revelers try to squeeze into the tiny space.

The newly renovated Espee at St. Paul Square will be the site of this year’s United We Brunch party on February 29. In addition to enjoying bites, drinks, and live entertainment, guests can vote for their favorites in an all-new Battle of the Bloody Mary’s competition. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $70 for VIP, which included designated parking, early entry, and access to a Garrison Bros. Bourbon-infused chicken and waffle bar.