Editors Note: After publication of this story, Gourdough's Public House announced it is pushing back its grand opening date from February 23 to March 2.
San Antonio, prepare to have your eyes glazed over. The highly anticipated debut of doughnut palace Gourdough’s Public House will open March 2.
The restaurant, located at 215 Losoya Dr. on the River Walk — most recently home to La Paloma — is the first location outside of the brand’s home base in Austin. Gourdough’s was one of the early pioneers of that city’s food truck craze before opening its first brick-and-mortar in 2012.
The Alamo City location will mostly follow the successful formula co-owners Paula Samford and Ryan Palmer brought to their first full-service restaurant. Dessert doughnuts with unconventional toppings like cayenne candied pecans, grilled bananas, and bacon are the showpiece of the operation, but the eatery also offers a variety of savory treats.
Doughnuts also form the base of many of those, from sandwiches and burgers on a doughnut bun to salads served with hot garlic doughnuts instead of bread. Even the appetizers get in on the game, like kolache or fried mozzarella that substitutes doughnut dough for the traditional batter.
The San Antonio location, however, will offer a few new menu items like a Selena-themed dessert. The full offerings will be released at a later date. There will also be new “interactive guest dining experiences." The release did not explain exactly what those would be, but a rep tells CultureMap that they will be part of the ordering process.
“We really think San Antonio is going to love some of the new ideas and experiences we’re putting into this location that they haven’t seen at Gourdough's before,” says Palmer in a statement. “Our hope is that customers will really enjoy our upgraded dining experience.”
Faced with such outrageous (and highly Instagrammable) offerings, undoubtedly they will.