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A food truck milestone and a bronc-busting new restaurant rope in San Antonio food news
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One of San Antonio's most popular food trucks is taking a rest stop at Brooks City Base. In an Instagram announcement, El Cevichero trumpeted its latest project, a full-service bar and restaurant. Entrepreneur Abel Mota Jr. started the brand as a food delivery service during the pandemic and now operates a mini-fleet of three trailers. El Cevichero Restaurant y Cantina will take over Luna Rosa Puerto Rican Grill y Tapas' former spot at 2603 S.E. Military Drive, serving its signature ceviche and birria.
If plans submitted to the Historic and Design Commission are approved, Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse may soon open a downtown location. The locally based chain proposes several changes to the 219 E. Houston St. property, including adding awnings, new signage, and an entrance gate. Houston Street will become a carnivore's row if everything works out for the owners. The strip already houses Bohanan's, The Palm, and direct competitor Texas de Brazil.
Brooks also appears to have roped in a new restaurant concept. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records reveal that an eatery named Cowgirl Blues is finishing out a restaurant interior at 2510 Sidney Brooks. Next to nothing is known about the kicking concept, but the build-out should be complete by May 2024.
Toro'ko Sushi is hoping to make a splash in Shavano Park. Via social media, the Japanese eatery unveiled a second location at 14510 N.W. Military Highway #108 near Frederick's Bistro. Like the original outpost, the sibling sushiya serves favorites like teppanyaki and chirashi bowls alongside dozens of rolls.
Other news and notes
On October 10, Kain Na became the latest victim of a restaurant burglary. The Filipino eatery shared pictures of broken glass and a ransacked kitchen on social media. Still, it said the crime didn't prevent them from carrying on its Lumpia Tuesday promotion as usual.
Earlier in October, CultureMap reported that the Big Hops at 11224 Huebner Rd. would be undergoing an ownership change. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission filings reveal that the concept will get a new name, too. Fans can rest assured that beer will still be on tap at the newly rechristened Hop Doctor.