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San Antonio may not have won a Twitter poll asking Waffle House fans which city deserved a visit from the beloved chain, but it is rolling into town anyway. A Waffle House on wheels will be parked outside of the Majestic Theatre on September 3 from 10 am to 1 pm giving out free breakfast. Although the company says there is overwhelming demand for a proper brick-and-mortar in the Alamo City, there’s no word whether or not a franchise is in the works.
A new Lebanese restaurant is now serving hummus, tabbouleh, and shawarma at 8620 Fredericksburg Rd. Al-Amir Cafe and Grill debuted August 16 boasting a menu made entirely from scratch. Its opening is a boon for San Antonio night owls. Hours span from 10 am until 2 am Sunday through Thursdays and until 4 am Friday and Saturdays.
It looks like a new concept it taking over the former Growler Exchange location at 8313 Broadway St. According to permits filed with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, a concept called The Fighting Rooster Sports Bar is nesting at the address. There’s no word on the details (although we assume it will indeed be a sports bar), and the business does not appear to have established a web or social media presence.
The Cookhouse temporarily closed on August 25 for a refresh. After making a few renovations, the beloved Southern eatery will reopen September 3 with a new menu and a new general manager, former sous chef Matt Garcia. Although the restaurant is keeping the details mum for now, it did tease that it does have a month of special events lined up starting on September 8.
San Antonio-based Taco Cabana is the latest chain to catch on to the Beyond Meat trend. On August 20, the franchise began offering the plant-based protein in tacos and bowls. TC also introduced a few other menu items, including carne asada and a mango margarita.
The annual Cured for a Cure dinner is returning to the namesake Pearl restaurant on September 15. This year, chef Steve McHugh will be collaborating on a multi-course dinner with American Grilled host David Gauss; and chefs Jay Huang (Lucky Robot, Austin); Kevin Nashan (Sidney Street Cafe, St. Louis); and Hugo Ortega (Xochi, Houston). Ticket proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an organization that helped McHugh during his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.