Bombay Bicycle Club is riding into Hemisfair for its second location. The laid-back restaurant and bar — an Alamo City staple since 1973 — is slated to open in Yanaguana Garden next year.
Bombay Bicycle Club will take over Hemisfair's historic Espinoza House following a months-long search for a new tenant. San Antonio-based Sprinkle & Co. Architects has been tasked with renovating the 1,464-square-foot house, featuring a large covered porch and shotgun-style construction. According to a release, Bombay will also share a "spacious" deck with CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery.
“For over 15 years, I’ve been searching for just the right spot to launch a second location, and the Espinoza House is where the park meets the city," Bombay partner Bill Leighton said in a release. “Hemisfair is the most exciting project in town — in the state, for that matter. Why wouldn’t you want to join a group that measures their success by the volume of laughter in Yanaguana Garden?”
As for the menu, patrons can expect offerings similar to that of Bombay's original Midtown location, but with some special additions. Leighton and partner Satchie Seidlits have teamed up with Paula Sullivan of Carmen’s de la Calle to craft a sort of hybrid menu featuring Bombay's famous margaritas and burgers served alongside Carmen's renowned empañadas.
Bombay joins an all-star group of culinary options at Hemisfair including the aforementioned CommonWealth, Chocollazo & Sugar Sugar, Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, Lick Honest Ice Creams, and Paleteria San Antonio.
Andres Andujar, CEO of Hemisfair, says the development's emphasis on local and beloved San Antonio and Texas-based brands makes Bombay a natural selection.
“We welcome a business that captures the playful spirit of Yanaguana Garden while exemplifying the community and culture that’s unique to San Antonio," he said. “We’re excited to partner with Bombay Bicycle Club and further expand Hemisfair’s offerings for parkgoers and the surrounding neighborhoods.”
Bombay Bicycle Club's first location on North St. Mary's Street will remain open. Its sister restaurant at 607 Hemisfair Blvd. is scheduled to open next spring.