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Beer bar fizzles out of Near East Side and more San Antonio food news

Beer bar fizzles out of Near East Side and more San Antonio food news

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Big Hops is now down to three locations. Big Tops/ Facebook

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Beer nerd favorite Big Hops closed its location at 306 Austin St. on July 29. In a Facebook announcement, the growler spot did not divulge a reason for the shutter but did say an unnamed new concept was taking its place. The other three locations will remain open.

Cereal Killer Sweets at 10501 Huebner Rd. has been barely open for three months, but owner Megan Morales is already on the move. In late June, she started a Kickstarter campaign to bring the colorful cereal bar shop to a new home downtown. The new concept, envisioned as an alternative to the traditional bar scene, will expand the concept to a full cereal bar with coffee, teas, juices, and bowls of cereal. An exact location was not announced.

Tenko Ramen is keeping it cool this summer by introducing a new pop-up series held every Wednesday during the Pearl’s summer-long SoundCream Sunset Sessions. Tenko-Gōri serves kakigōri, a Japanese shaved ice treat filled with flavors like strawberry and cream, togarashi mangonada, and Calpico (a popular Japanese soda) Dreamsicle.

The Cookhouse launched a new summer menu on July 2 that merges chef Pieter Sypesteyn's New Orleans-style cooking with the restaurant's Texas roots. Highlights include a VietCajun crawfish and shrimp tostada, shrimp creole en papillote, and new sustainable seafood options like pan seared bycatch fish.

Alcohol delivery company Drizly made a big push in San Antonio with an expansion of its service on July 1. The move will add more retailers to the network, including 28 locations under the Gabriel’s Liquors brand, opening up the service to more than 60,000 new customers in Hot Wells and Highland Hills.

Cocktail: The Event is coming back to San Antonio Botanical Garden on July 19 for another year of boozy fun. This year features an exclusive VIP tiki bar, plus the usual array of food and drink samples from some of Alamo City’s best spots, including Grayze, La Botanica, Lilly’s Greenville, Strernewirth, Ocho, The Jerk Shack, and more. The $55-$80 tickets can be scored here.