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Duck Donuts, a North Carolina-based franchise, will be opening in San Antonio’s Huebner Commons at 11703 Huebner Rd. by the end of January. The concept, which is inevitably drawing “Chipotle of doughnuts” comparisons, allows customers to customize the baked treats with a variety of toppings and coatings including cinnamon sugar, bacon, and classic sprinkles, and then watch as staff fries up the treats.
Broadway mainstay Picante Grill has closed. The restaurant, which served a variety of Tex-Mex and Interior Mexican dishes like enchiladas, cochinita pibil, chile en nogada, shuttered after 20 years in business. Owner Gonzalo Pozo says he is going to focus on his Magnolia Gardens and Hacienda Santa Maria businesses.
El Mardis Gras — a block party from Susan and Pieter Sypesteyn of The Cookhouse, NOLA Brunch & Beignets, and nonprofit Third Coast Charities — will be returning to San Antonio on February 11. The event will feature New Orleans cuisine from Pieter Sypesteyn, Southerleigh’s Jeff Balfour, and Attagirl’s Chris Collum, as well as drinks, art, and live Zydeco music.
La Fogata has opened a second location in the former home of Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine at 222111 Interstate 10 in The Dominion. Expect the same menu of Tex-Mex plates and margaritas as the 1978 original.
Tickets go on sale January 20 for the San Antonio Wings & Beer Festival at Alamo Beer Company. Admission, available at two levels, allows festival-goers a taste of dozens of samples from some of South Texas’ premier wing wizards, plus a 16-ounce pour of beer. The party will also include live music and dessert vendors to help you deal with all the heat. The festival will run on March 24.
With the Super Bowl just around the corner, upscale sports bar Cover 3 is now taking reservations for tables and booths so San Antonians can watch the big game in style. The restaurant is also offering to-go packages featuring some of their most popular dishes including nachos, sandwiches, tacos, tenders, and sides. (There are also salads if you are hoping that baby spinach will offset all the beer you will drink.)