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The Lincoln Heights San Antonio location of Paciugo Gelato Cafe has temporarily shuttered after a September 3 blaze. No injuries were reported, but the fire did result in extensive smoke and water damage. Pei Wei and Sushi Zushi, located nearby, were also affected, but have since reopened. Paciugo's treats can still be found at the Central Market on Broadway.
A new bar is making a splash on the St. Mary’s Strip. On August 30, Chisme switched concepts to Midnight Swim, a music venue and bar. Although a new snack menu will be replacing Chisme’s weekday fare, fans of the restaurant will be happy to know that its brunch will still be available from 11 am to 4 pm on weekends.
A smart new concept is now serving lattes in Southtown. Poetic Republic Coffee Co. from local barista Brenda Leal Blanco quietly debuted at 2330 S. Presa St. on August 24 with a full lineup of espresso drinks and teas. The concept also serves up La Boulangerie croissants and carries a small selection of used books.
Pop-up bar Daijoubu is taking over Still Golden October 9. The concept was founded in March by 2019 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards winner Caer Ferguson and nominee Sharon Yeung, both of Austin's acclaimed The Roosevelt Room. San Antonians can expect drinks made with Asian ingredients and techniques and a unique environment for the event.
It looks like San Antonio is getting its first facility devoted to ancient honey-based beverage mead. A concept called Why Mead has applied for a winery permit at 825 Fredericksburg Rd., Ste. B. It’s unclear when it will debut. As of yet, it appears to have no social media or web presence.
Baskets from Bohanan’s, Dorrego’s, Bella on Houston, and the Palm Restaurant are now on sale for Houston Street Food on September 29. The annual picnic fundraiser for San Antonio Food Bank, which takes place in the middle of the downtown thoroughfare, is one of the city’s most unique food events. The $45 cost includes table seating, entertainment, and beer and wine.