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Lindsey and PJ Edwards, the couple behind Southern favorite Meadow Neighborhood Eatery + Bar, are saying howdy to a second concept. Vintage Wine Bar & Specialty Foods — a small grocer and watering hole serving Mediterranean-inspired fare — is eyeing a winter opening. The lounge will be steps away from the couple’s main restaurant in the Alley on Bitters. No word yet on the exact menu, but the announcement photo shows a variety of crudité, steak tartare, charcuterie, dips, and salad.
After a lengthy soft opening phase, Southtown drinkery Bar Ludavine finally geared up for an official introduction on November 5. Nestled in the former J&O’s Cantina space at 1014 S. Presa St., the spot offers a neighborhood vibe with cocktails, beer, wine, and occasional live music. The bar also advertises generous Sunday specials with deals on daiquiris and old fashioned cocktails.
The underground space below Playland Pizza has big plans. The buzzy downtown haunt announced that it was in the process of acquiring a late-night liquor license for Playcave, a sure-to-be sought-out scene for the city’s night dwellers. A November 1 Instagram post promised the bar would be operational in 55 days, dishing out an after-hours menu of breakfast and brunch favorites. Hours will be Thursday to Saturday, 10 pm-4 am.
The former home of improv troupe Bexar Stage will soon see some renewed cheer. Man Overboard Brewery, a microbrewery run by four members of the Merriman family, will serve Belgian and American styles from the colorful space at 1203 Camden St. near the Pearl. Man Overboard’s Instagram page proclaims it will cut the red ribbon on December 4.
Teriyaki Madness is aiming to stir up San Antonio’s fast-casual market. According to a release, local operator Daniel Gifford plans to open three locations of the rapidly growing chain in 2022 (location details are forthcoming). The restaurant puts a spin on the Chipotle model with customizable bowls filled with pan-Asian ingredients like orange chicken, salmon teriyaki, stir-fried vegetables, fried rice, yakisoba noodles, and more.
A North San Antonio space has shed its Big Apple theme. Redland Ice House unlocked its doors on November 2 at 2838 North Loop 1604 East, suite 105, the location of the late New York Bar. The airy space offers a full bar, pool, and a balcony to watch all the action.
Other news and notes
East Side shop The Farmers Butcher will leave guests in hog heaven when it hosts its grand opening on November 14. The event at 1602 E. Houston St., suite 107, will include a whole pig cook-off with teams from Humo, The Smokin’ Bull, and Geaux Pig or Geaux Home trying to impress local chef James Canter, culinary instructor John Tamez, and two-time Top Chef contestant John Tesar. The event also features cocktails from Manisse Davison of Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and a DJ set from Aaron Peña of Amor Eterno and Squeezebox. Tickets are $45-$75.
Wildly popular River Walk hangout Elsewhere took to Instagram November 1 to announce the appointment of new chef Derek Lyssy. The industry vet comes with a revamped menu of bar grub like gochujang cauliflower wings, Parmesan Brussels sprouts, Philadelphia-style waffle fries, and a house-made pimento cheese sandwich with garlic aioli and bacon.