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Acclaimed San Antonio pitmaster extinguishes barbecue joint in this serving of food news
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The San Antonio barbecue scene experienced a major shake-up on August 29, when Emilio and Christi Soliz, owners of acclaimed eatery King’s Hwy Brew & Q, announced via Facebook that they are closing up shop on September 29. According to the post, they will be joining the team at B-Daddy’s BBQ in Old Town Helotes in October, with Emilio moving into the pitmaster role and Christi helping with front of house. The couple cited their growing family as the reason for the shutter.
As of August 30, Press Coffee is back in business in a new location. The owners closed their Alta Vista shop in October 2017 due to a heated landlord dispute. The new modern steel-and-glass space at 4035 Broadway St. is very different from the original location's historic carriage house, but the menu will be much the same, with a wide variety of coffee drinks and a selection of snacks from The Bread Box, Annie’s Petite Treats, Bakery Lorraine, and Mother Culture.
In other buzzy news, Southtown has a new coffee shop courtesy of Brian Correa, the owner of popular drinkery Bar America. Don Martin’s Coffee Co.officially opened on August 28.
The sushi burrito craze has hit San Antonio with a new fast-casual spot at 7211 Green Glen Dr. Koi Poke Sushi & Burrito, from the owners of Broadway Street’s Koi Kawa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, quietly opened in late August, serving a fresh menu of build-your-own entrees like rice and kale noodle bowls.
The second location of popular Alamo Heights Mexican restaurant Chela’s Tacos is nearing completion. A Facebook post showing an industrial-chic dining room says the eatery will debut sometime in September.
The Witte Museum is bringing the Salud! Culinary Nights series back September 9 with a three-course dinner featuring Alamo City’s passionate locavore chefs. Edward Villareal of Ocho, Paul Morales of the new Smoke Shack Meat Market, and former Sustenio pastry chef Ernest Lopez will provide the feast, while Koen King Stokes from Veg’d Out Urban Farms and Loncito Cartwright and Lily Ross of Peaceful Pork discuss the benefits of sustainable local agriculture. Tickets are $50.