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Southtown burger shop closes after owner's death, plus more San Antonio food news

Southtown burger shop closes after owner's death, plus more food news

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Burger Culture in Southtown has closed. Burger Culture/ Facebook

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Following the sudden death of co-owner Randy Vrana in late September, popular restaurant Burger Culture shuttered on October 28. The funky Southtown eatery, opened in September 2017 by Randy and his wife, Julie Vrana, quickly drew acclaim for unconventional burgers like The Bombay with a grilled lamb patty and avocado curry and its artsy, ‘60s-inspired dining room. Southtown Pizzeria, which the couple also opened, will remain open. A Facebook post advises fans to be on the lookout for new developments at that restaurant.

Upscale chain North Italia is set to begin construction at 5822 Worth Parkway at The Rim, according to records at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Founded by Sam Fox of True Food Kitchen fame, the concept was acquired by Cheesecake Factory in late 2018. The changing of hands, however, did not affect the menu, which features pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, and cocktails. State records indicate that the build-out will be completed in April 2020 and CultureMap has reached out to North for the estimated opening date. 

Con Safos Cocina y Cantina is taking its cult concha burgers on the road. In an October 18 Facebook post, the concept explained that it decided not to renew its contract with Hemisfair and will be moving out on November 3. Fans will still be able to enjoy the menu out of a food truck at El Buho on the St. Mary’s Strip.

After a brief hiatus in September and a change of ownership, San Antonio comfort food icon Earl Abel’s will be back in action as early as November 8. The owners are keeping most of the menu intact, including the famous fried chicken and pies. There will, however, be one major new addition; a full bar will be coming once the eatery is approved for a mixed beverage license.

Austin-based grab-and-go brand Snap Kitchen continued its statewide expansion by launching in both San Antonio Whole Foods Market locations October 28. The dietician-curated line of ready-to-eat meals includes offerings for a variety of diets including gluten-free, vegan, Whole30, and keto.

Just in time for cooler San Antonio weather, the annual Fideo Loco Festival & Cook-off is returning to Alamo Beer Co. from 1-5 pm on November 2. As usual, the shindig will feature plenty of fideo samples, music, drinks. Tickets range from $15-$30.