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More cookie competition and a chic new coffee shop brew up San Antonio food news
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Openings and closings
Chic new coffeeshop Crème has quietly begun fueling San Antonians at 847 E Ashby Place, #1110, ahead of its November 6 grand opening. The concept from Costa Pacifica owners Only One Hospitality is the first of five projects the group is bringing to The Creamery District, a converted Borden Dairy plant near Pearl. Still to come is seafood-focused Hook Land & Sea, stylish lounge Amelia, rooftop bar Lunatique, and subterranean spot Easy Baby.
San Antonio is again caught in the cookie jar as another national confectioner moves into town. According to Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filings, Philadelphia-based Insomnia Cookies is finishing out a space in the Wurzbach Shops development at 4316 Gardendale St. The Krispy Kreme-backed chain follows a similar business model to Austin-born Tiff's Treats, delivering more than a dozen warm cookie flavors. It will join a crowded field of competitors that have lately become enamored by the Alamo City, including Crumbl Cookies and Cookie Plug, when construction wraps up in February 2024.
The number of LGBTQIA-plus bars may be shrinking nationwide, but San Antonio's gayborhood is bucking the trend with a brand-new addition. On October 20, Let's be Honestdebuted at 1602 N. Main Ave. The rainbow-clad space, featuring a large covered patio and a walk-up bar, will roll out its first programming on October 29: a pair of drag shows.
Picks Bar and Pink Shark owners Jessica Marinez and Amber Hernandez have expanded their downtown footprint. Via Instagram, the pair announced they had purchased Lucky Lizard at 302 E. Commerce St. Though the team did not elaborate on their ideas for the space, it appears it won't stray far from its sports bar roots. The post was accompanied by childhood photos of the owners in team gear.
After only 15 months in business, the local franchise of Wow Wow Lemonade Stand has dried up. In an Instagram post, the owners shared that the business was "not sustainable," though it gave few other details. A new concept will be taking its place at 14510 NW Military Hwy. #104 after the shop closes in late October.