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Openings and ... openings
Mr. Juicy, the burger stop from San Antonio chef Andrew Weismann, will open its second location at a yet-to-be-determined date in early August, according to San Antonio Express-News. The new spot, formerly a Jack in the Box, sits approximately a half-mile from the original Mr. Juicy at Hildebrand and San Pedro avenues. Weismann tells the Express-News that both operations remaining open and operational depend on “whether the new spot siphons away too much business from the original.” Regardless of what the future holds, San Antonians can look forward to increased access to Weismann's double bacon cheeseburger as well as a variety of new items including desserts, nitro-brewed coffee, and a fried chicken sandwich.
Last month, Neapolitan pizza guru (and skate culture connoisseur) John Winkler opened up Truth Pizzeria on San Antonio’s Near East Side. Winkler’s bare-bones brick-and-mortar menu currently features just four offerings (white, margherita, vegetable, and pepperoni) but also includes a wealth of meat and veggie add ons for a modest upcharge. Winkler’s operation is currently open for to-go orders Wednesday-Sunday from 3-8 pm, though Truth often runs out of food before its set close time. Ordering for a late lunch or early dinner is recommended.
Back in March, CultureMap reported about a forthcoming West Indies- and Caribbean-inspired restaurant from Nicola Blaque, chef and owner of the popular Jerk Shack. Now we have a set date. Mi Roti will officially open its doors to the public on Thursday, July 9, in the Pearl's Bottling Department food hall. The restaurant will offer a “build your own” roti menu, which includes a choice of a protein, rice, and an array of toppings. Roti refers to both the flatbread as well as the popular street food item, in which the roti is folded around a savory filling in the form of a wrap. The proteins rotate, but will include grilled steak, tikka masala, butter chicken, jerk chicken, sweet potato and chickpea curry, curry shrimp, and stewed lentils with potatoes. All of Mi Roti’s offerings will be available to enjoy on the Bottling Department’s patio or for carryout.
Smoothie King expanded its kingdom to 10222 Huebner Rd. The chain’s newest location is owned and operated by Vietnam native and career fast-food business owner Thomas Nguyen. “We know that the San Antonio area is full of people with all sorts of nutrition preferences and taste,” said Nguyen, "so that why I’m confident that our location will be able to appease everyone.” Like other franchise locations in the Alamo City, the new location will feature a diverse menu of 70 smoothies tailored to each guest’s needs, all of which fit into one of four purpose categories: Fitness, Slim, Wellness, and Break Time.
Other news and notes
Silver Eagle Beverages, one of the nation’s largest Anheuser-Busch wholesalers, has partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank and South Texas Food Bank to raise awareness about the dangers of underage drinking. Via its Family Talk about Drinking campaign, Silver Eagle Beverages has delivered more than 24,000 program brochures in both English and Spanish, designed to help parents discuss the topic with children of all ages. “For many families in our community the issue of underage drinking is as important as food insecurity,” said Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank via press release. “We’re proud to be partnering with Silver Eagle Beverages to help these families have the tools to discuss this difficult topic in their homes.” Combined, the two area food banks cover 13 counties including Atascosa, Bexar, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson, and Zavala Counties.