Editor's note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of San Antonio's restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.
Openings and closings
Talk about lightning fast! After making a coming soon announcement in late January, SayTown Tacos made its debut at the Pearl's Bottling Department Food Hall on February 18. As previously reported, the concept comes from local faves Humble House Foods and serves a variety of creative tacos priced affordably at $3-$4.
The wait is also over for Trilogy Burger Bistro, the newest concept from the team behind Trilogy Pizza Bistro. After 15 years of slinging pies, the owners of the Stone Oak favorite decided to branch out with a new restaurant. As of February 12, the team is now flipping burgers at 20079 Stone Oak Pkwy., according to a Facebook post.
A new eatery is opening at 6122 De Zavala Rd. in the Rim, according to records with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Though Luxor Restaurant shares a name with a famous Las Vegas hotel, it more likely is a nod to the Egyptian city of the same name. A web presence doesn't appear to have been established yet, but here's hoping it brings the Alamo City more international cuisine.
A new concept is coming to 834 NW Loop 410, according to a permit filed with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Not much is known about Gold Feather, but the listing did reveal that the concept would have late hours and serve beer and wine only.
Other news and notes
In 2020's least shocking news, San Antonio was named the most popular city for Mexican cuisine by restaurant industry site Chef's Pencil. The editors used Google Trends data to construct the report, which also including Mexican food rankings nationwide.
Downtown's The Esquire Tavern has added new talent to its ranks. Emilio Baez, a fixture of San Antonio's culinary scene, has been named sous chef of the underground Downstairs at The Esquire Tavern concept and longtime employee Alexander Villarreal has been promoted to bar manager. Meanwhile, the search for an executive chef remains ongoing. Brooke Smith, a 2019 San Antonio Tastemaker Award nominee for Chef of the Year, left the position in July 2019.
Celebrated restaurant Mixtli is bringing some of the nation's top chefs to San Antonio for a new chef collaboration series. The series kicks off on March 9 with Junior Borges of Meridian in Dallas and Jorge Hernandez of The Mighty Union, owner of Austin's hip Carpenter Hotel. Other visiting talent includes New Orleans greats Trey Smith and Blake Aguillard on April 13 and lauded Austin chef Kevin Fink on May 11. Reservations can be made here.