As the River North development continues to expand, a food hall — announced this week — is set to make the area one of San Antonio’s hot culinary destinations.
Construction is already underway at Make Ready Market, which is expected to open this winter as the dynamic center of the growing neighborhood.
Originally part of the Cavender Cadillac dealership, the Make Ready building is where “made ready” cars were delivered to receive their final clean and polish. Now, the building will be a gathering spot serving “made ready” food from vendors like Mila Coffee and Pouring with Heart.
The as-yet-unnamed brewery concept will be the first San Antonio project by Pouring with Heart, a group of operators and builders with a passion for community-focused bars in Austin, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Diego. They plan to create a space that celebrates the new project’s existing historic architecture, adding an expansive outdoor patio. Bar offerings will include craft beer brewed onsite, as well as draft cocktail classics.
“We immediately fell in love with San Antonio because it truly celebrates its culture and community,” said Peter Stanislaus, head of development for Pouring with Heart. “In collaboration with Make Ready, we hope to create a gathering place that unites folks through imbibing, and we are eager to connect with the neighborhood.”
Pouring into the market alongside the brewery, Mila Coffee will house a standalone, walk-up spot along the new bicycle track currently under construction on Avenue B.
"We are thrilled to take this next step and introduce more people to our brand of coffee," said Marco Cardel, owner of Mila Coffee. "Make Ready was the perfect place for our second location because of the community gathering aspect of the project, the connection to The Soto office building and other nearby businesses, as well as proximity to the River Walk."
San Antonio-based Hixon Properties is leading the overall development, including The Soto and surrounding properties.
“Our desire is to find tenants that enhance the community by providing great experiences in approachable and familiar venues,” said Hunter Kingman, Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Hixon Properties. “We know we have found that in Pouring with Heart and Mila Coffee. In time, Make Ready will be filled with other unique and exciting tenants offering great culinary and beverage experiences for visitors and locals alike.”
In total, a dozen local vendors will open at Make Ready. Other future tenants of the food hall have not yet been revealed.