Can we get a r-amen?
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Ramen Bar, the spinoff of Restaurant Gwendolyn chef Michael Sohocki’s popular Kimura concept, opened September 7 at the East Side's Cherrity Bar. The noodle shop offers the same menu of soups, dumplings, and stir-fries as Kimura, plus tebasaki, aka deep-fried Japanese chicken wings.
After only four months in business, downtown Southern restaurant Hoppin’ John unexpectedly shuttered on August 29. It’s not all bad news for owners Guillermo Galvan and April Carter, however. The pair will be debuting a new eatery, Market Barbeque, near the Brooks development in October.
September 7 also saw the opening of El Búho, a new St. Mary’s Strip sports bar from the owners of Hi-Tones. The new project features food trucks, a large patio, games, and plenty of Spurs memorabilia.
After originally projecting a May debut, new food truck park StreetFare SA will finally celebrate its grand opening on September 15. The project from industry newcomer Dakota Day will feature an initial lineup of six trucks including Cousins Maine Lobster, Cilantro Mexican Fusion Food Truck, The Lone Star Food Truck, Tucker’s Kitchen, MalDonado’s Grill, and the memorably named SlimeDog.
Speaking of smoked meats, the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest is returning to Austin on November 4. The annual invitational features the best pitmasters in Texas (i.e. the world) in a grand tasting requiring hundreds of napkins. San Antonio-area restaurants participating this year include 2M Smokehouse and San Marcos’ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que.
Move over cronuts. La Panadería owners José and David Cáceres have created a Franken-dessert that is pure San Antonio. The croncha — a pastry combining the concha’s frosted top with the croissants buttery layers — was inspired by Mexican bakery Panadería El Manantial’s viral concha-mantecada hybrid, but less like a muffin in texture. The treats are now available at both La Panadería locations.