Popular Pearl eatery brews up new Southside location with sunny patio
San Antonio’s Southside is set to be the city’s newest dining destination. Hot on the heels of chef Johnny Hernandez announcing that La Gloria and El Machito will be opening in the Brooks mixed-used development, beloved brewpub Southerleigh has disclosed it will be opening a second location alongside the Greenline.
But customers should not expect a carbon copy of the Pearl location. Although few details have been released, chef and owner Jeff Balfour will be creating a distinct menu for the new location that focuses on traditional Southern cuisine like fried chicken, as well as Gulf seafood, including a stocked oyster bar. As with the original location, beer will be an essential part of the restaurant's DNA, with Southerleigh’s experimental house brews taking center stage. The new location will also feature a few select local guest drafts and an extensive wine selection.
“We’re excited to expand Southerleigh into a new neighborhood and introduce our culinary style to a new audience," said Balfour in a release. "The Southside of San Antonio has been rapidly expanding and we are thrilled to be joining this growing community.”
The new restaurant will also look very different from the Pearl location. Designed by Gomez Vazquez International Architects, a Mexican design firm, the light-filled main building will be open to the outside through a corner bar window. A shaded, large deck with communal tables will overlook the park and offer views of the nearby pond.
No official date has been announced for the opening. The two nearby Hernandez concepts will be opening in fall 2018.