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Alamo City staple Burger Boy is continuing its rapid expansion with a new spot on the Southside. In a release, the locally owned chain announced its 4402 S. New Braunfels Ave. store debuted on November 22, just in time for the harried holiday season. Now that it has planted its flag on the Southside, the company is trekking northward with a Live Oak restaurant planned for next year.
In sudsy news, local influencer Donovan Thomson of SATXRated and fellow veteran Audi Paredes have opened New Braunfels’ first outpost of Big Hops. After a test opening on November 20, the franchise shared via Instagram that it is now filling mugs during limited soft opening hours. The grand opening celebration will occur on December 4.
Pluckers is spreading its wings with a third Alamo City location near North Star Mall. According to a release, the Austin-based chain will roost in the former home of Logan’s Roadhouse at 92 NE Loop 410 in January 2022 with a menu of wings, fried snacks, burgers, and more.
Tex-Mex classic Tomatillos Café y Cantina is now back in business with a new location in the city’s far North Side. The long-running restaurant unceremoniously closed its Broadway corridor location in September after a 25-year run. According to an Instagram post, it opened its new location at 1827 N. Loop 1604 E., suite 103 on November 16.
Other news and notes
The San Antonio Food Bank is struggling to meet the increased demand for food assistance this Thanksgiving. In a release, Food Bank President and CEO Eric Cooper signaled a red alert due to low stocks of holiday necessities. Nonperishable foods can be dropped off at any Security Service Federal Credit Union, H-E-B, or Goodwill location in the San Antonio area. The food bank is also accepting monetary donations to provide perishable foods.
A local chocolatier will soon be giving some local flavor to the Food Network. Starting November 29, Nacho Aguirre of Délice Chocolatier and Patisserie will be on the judging panel of Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown. Aguirre, who won the network’s Spring Baking Championship in 2018, is now a fixture of the channel’s programming, having served as a judge on several dessert-themed competition shows.
Rogelio and Michael Sanchez, the brothers behind San Antonio’s first zero-proof cocktail bar HASH, are asking for community help to weather the slow season. The siblings opened the Southside community space and vegan eatery in September 2020 with their own funds but have since experienced a deluge of major bills and taxes. According to a frank statement via GoFundMe, they are now facing the possible shutter of their business if the financial picture does not rapidly improve.