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7 things to know about San Antonio food right now: Barbecue chain goes up in smoke
Editor's note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of San Antonio's restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our weekly roundup of essential food news.
Openings and closings
One of the San Antonio area's longest-running barbecue chains has gone away in a puff of smoke. After weathering more than 70 years of business, Grady's BBQ abruptly announced the closure of all locations. In a statement posted to the business' since-deleted website and social media accounts, the company gave no reason for the sudden shutter. Still, it did say it was actively helping its employees find other work.
A new pizza joint is slicing into Boerne this summer. Darkside Brick Oven Pizza Co. will serve pies and beer with a side of '80s movie nostalgia. The exact details are still under wraps, but owner Michael Hawes has been teasing some of the décor via Instagram. In addition to Star Wars memorabilia, the eatery will feature life-size sculptures of E.T. and Michael J. Fox as Teen Wolf.
Business at the new Southtown Rosario's Comidamex and Bar is looking up. The recently relocated restaurant debuted its rooftop terrace and bar on May 4. The spacious 5,000-square-foot space, open to guests 25 years old and up, offers specialty libations and sweeping downtown views. Eventually, the bar will also provide a dedicated bites menu.
The revolving door at 303 San Pedro Ave. is set to take another turn. This summer, the space will welcome Savvy Sliders, a Detroit-based chain known for, well, sliders. The building has hosted several fast food concepts over the past few years, including Jack in the Box,Project Pollo, and — most recently — Side Chicks. The latter shuttered in April after being acquired, along with Project Pollo, by an unnamed national franchising group.
Other news and notes
Comfort Café has received a vote of confidence from Yelp. In its annual list of the top 100 brunch spots for Mother's Day, the customer review giant gave the nonprofit eatery the second spot. The ratings were ranked a number of factors, including a large volume of posts mentioning "brunch." Comfort was the only local restaurant to make the list.
Outdoorsy Southtown spot Camp Outpost Co. is also getting into the brunch game with Saturday and Sunday service, 10 am-2 pm. The menu follows the same adventurous theme with dishes like fried chicken and johnny cakes served with local honey, a sausage skillet with home fries, and smoked overnight oats soaked in ricotta whey.
Dashi Sichuan Kitchen + Bar is bringing back its Daq Off Cocktail Competition for a second year. Eight bar teams will shake up daiquiris on June 26 for a chance to win in three categories: speed, judge's choice, and people's choice. Tickets are now available for $25-$75.