Hop to it
Fans of Hopdoddy Burger Bar might want to make their way to The Vineyard shopping center now. The Austin-based chain, known for gourmet burgers and long lines, is set to open its second Alamo City location at 1301 North Loop 1604 W., Ste. 101 on Saturday, August 31.
The new outpost will serve an identical menu to its other restaurants, featuring burgers made from an assortment of proteins like Angus and Kobe beef, chicken, and turkey. According to a release, Hopdoddy's newest offerings, including the Ahi Cali Club with sushi-grade tuna and vegetarian Impossible Cheesesteak, will be along for the ride, too.
In addition, the casual eatery will serve hand-cut fries served au naturel or with Parmesan truffle seasoning, green chile queso, or hot honey and sage; salads; and milkshakes. For drinks, Hopdoddy has a full bar with local craft beers and cocktails such as its Doble Fina margarita with a black lava salt rim.
As is tradition with the company, the location is teaming up with a local nonprofit. A portion of the sales from every Good Night/Good Cause burger — a favorite with Tillamook cheddar, caramelized onions, jalapeños, and caffeinated barbecue sauce — will go to the Texas Disabled Veterans Association all year round.
That generosity will also be extended to the new Hopdoddy’s first guests. The eatery will be giving out raffle prizes all day and the first 50 people in line will win Hopdoddy burgers for an entire year. Though the chain never needs much help in drawing a crowd, expect the opening day to be a mad house.
Founded in 2010 by Austin industry vets Guy Villavaso, Larry Foles, Chuck Smith, and Larry Perdido, Hopdoddy has become one of Texas’ biggest restaurant phenomenons. The Vineyard location will be the 32nd for the brand. The first San Antonio shop opened off La Cantera Parkway in 2016.
"We are excited to debut our second San Antonio location this weekend at The Vineyard," said Hopdoddy CEO Jeff Chandler in a release, “… the level of anticipation for this location is beyond humbling.”