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A fourth location of Pluckers Wing Bar is coming to roost in San Antonio. The popular fast-casual chain announced via a press release plans to open a trio of new stores in Texas in 2023, including one at Brooks, the sprawling redevelopment of the former Brooks Air Force Base. Although the exact opening date is still up in the air, the company promised to be slinging sauce by the year's first quarter.
Rapidly expanding Austin chain P. Terry’s Burger Stand celebrated the opening of its third Alamo City location on March 28. Located in Ventura Plaza at 530 N. Loop 1604 W., the outpost sells the same affordable fare as the brand’s other location, including burgers, shakes, fries, and chicken sandwiches. A fourth San Antonio shop is still forthcoming at Loop 1604 and Potranco Rd., according to a release.
Industry vet Natasha Riffle, mother Veronica Riffle, and business partner Melanie Martinez are teaming up on a sassy new West Side bar. Natasha tells CultureMap that Chiflada's (meaning "spoiled" or "bratty") will open at a former residence at 1804 W. Martin St. by mid-fall. The concept will add to a growing West Side scene, including nearby Jaime's Place.
A murky new concept appears to be sneaking into 1024 S. Presa St., the Southtown block home to Taco Haven and newcomers Bar Ludavine and Hands Down. According to Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission records, a concept called Near Dark has applied for a mixed beverage permit in the building, turning the stretch into a verifiable nightlife hub. There's not much sunlight on the concept, however. The project has yet to establish web or social media presences.
New Braunfels development Creekside Town Center is getting a pair of new restaurants, according to an announcement from commercial real estate firm NewQuest Properties. Lupe Tortilla, the Houston-based Tex-Mex chain known for its tableside guacamole, will first sprout up in the summer. Scottsdale pan-Asian titan P.F. Changs will follow in the fall.
Other news and notes
Wayne Beers and Michael Bobo, proprietors of Broadway corridor favorite W.D. Deli, have sold their 32-year-old business. But that doesn't mean fans of their Cuban sandwiches should be pressed. In a March 22 Facebook post shared on the business page, local couple Steve Clemens and Kelly Palubiak announced they have taken the reins of the lunchtime classic. The property had been on sale since 2020.
Those patiently waiting for the summer opening of Austin chef Berty Richter's Mediterranean restaurantLadino at the Pearl can get a first taste at a preview dinner benefitting the San Antonio Food Bank. The prix-fixe dinner, held at 6:30pm at Hotel Emma's luxe Elephant Cellar, will include a lavish spread with cocktails, various dips, hot and cold mezze, grilled meats, and dessert. Tickets are $225 and are available online.
Gigi's Deli chef Matt Garcia kicked off a new pop-up series on March 23 at Vista Brewing. Spaghetti Western Wednesdays will run from 6pm to sell-out and feature beer, Texas wine, classic films, and plenty of opportunities for some Lady and the Tramp-style canoodling.