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
One of San Antonio’s best burger operations is making moves and laying down roots outside the city limits for the first time ever. Known for a straightforward and indulgent menu of burgers, corn dogs, grilled cheeses, and shakes, Burger Boy restaurant chain first debuted on St. Mary’s Street back in 1985 and currently boasts five locations currently open or in the works within the Alamo City, with a forthcoming sixth outpost planned for the Live Oak community, at 8060 Pat Booker Rd. While concrete details on the anticipated operation’s official opening plans have yet to come to light, mysanantonio.com reports the concept will open in Bexar County “early next year.” The burger chain is also working to open locations on West Bitters Road and on New Braunfels Avenue.
It’s out with the old and in with the new at Pearl’s Food Hall at the Bottling Department, which announced late last month that Bud’s Southern Rotisserie, the unpretentious eatery known for its succulent sandwiches and hearty mac and cheese bowls, would conclude its tenure at the Pearl shopping center’s popular Bottling Department. Though the eatery is now closed, fans of the Bud’s culinary team, can continue to enjoy their impressive talents at such still-operational concepts as Nola Brunch & Beignets and Golden Wat Noodle House. And can keep an eye out for news of what concept will be replacing Bud’s, which has yet to be announced by Pearl.
Other news and notes
The Alamo City’s most iconic light beer has a sleek new redesign. Just in time for summer, Pearl Brewing Company has released a new 12-ounce slim can for its recently revamped beer recipe, dubbed Pearl xXx. Designed by Austin-based Guerilla Suit agency, the new look is inspired by the original characteristics of the brand, including its iconic clamshell shape. Last year, the brand relaunched with an all-new look and taste, but the beer was only available in bottles. The new slim can ensures beer drinkers across Texas can safely take Pearl xXx with them to the pool, river, beach, and lake. The Pearl xXx slim cans are available at select retailers in all major Texas cities. Fans of the brand can use Pearl xXx’s beer finder tool to find a nearby retailer.
Things are getting a little more stylish at Bistr09 this month. The restaurant, located at 6106 Broadway St., will host a fashion brunch on Sunday, May 23 from 11 am-3 pm featuring special guest Anthony Ryan Auld, winner of Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars season two and a San Antonio resident. Fashion and food collide at Bistr09’s B9 Fashion Brunch (not literally because that would be messy!), which includes brunch, cocktails, and a fashion show complete with runway models showing off designs from Auld’s Couleur + Blindé clothing brand, which is headquartered in Alamo Heights. Reservations are required.
Hopscotch, the new immersive art gallery in downtown San Antonio, has announced a variety of programming and specials for the month of May. Among the newly announced programming are such events as Sunday salsa performances from musicians like Jose Amador, a monthly yoga class led by local studio Mobile Om, and the inaugural Bark on the Park benefit for San Antonio Pets Alive on Friday, May 28, which, in partnership with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, will feature live music, swag, and cocktails on Hopscotch’s dog-friendly patio. Additionally, along with a new food-truck residency featuring two local culinary concepts — Backwoods BBQ and ChipKabobs, operating every Friday and Saturday on the space’s patio — the gallery has also debuted new seasonal cocktails, including a Sangria Swirl and a frozen Rabbit Hole Rita. Tickets are available online.