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A new garage bar, food truck larceny, and even more pizza rev up San Antonio food news
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Another concept has parked at the highly anticipated food hall Make Ready Market. Garaje Cantina from chef Zach Garza and bartender Clayton Baines quietly debuted November 4 with a small soft opening menu including cocktails like a frozen paloma, Texas beer, and wine. Those in need of a quick bite will also find paletas and New York-style slices from future tenant Sofia’s Pizza.
Like Hannibal crossing the Alps with a cavalcade of war elephants, so too are national franchises charging to invade Alamo City. The latest salvo comes from Sacramento-based Pizza Guys. In a November 13 news release, the chain announced plans to open nearly 150 stores in Texas, including 20 in the San Antonio area. The timeline for the offensive is still undisclosed.
A mysterious project is taking shape in downtown’s Rand Building, according to a recent filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The location listed, 143 Soledad, is around the corner from Empty Stomach Group’s Double Standard but does not appear to be related. State records offer little clue, only listing the café as “Pizza Concept.” We guess that’s as good a name as any.
In further pie news, a South American empanada shop is opening November 17 at 9703 Bandera Rd. on the Northwest Side. Empanadas de Acá will offer both savory and sweet varieties and plentiful vegetarian options.
Other news and notes
San Antonio’s recent wave of hospitality related crimes continued on November 9 with the theft of one of Masshole Lobster Truck’s fleet. In an Instagram post, the business said it was able to recover the trailer, but it suffered major damage. While the truck is not operational, Masshole will be forced to modify its normally packed schedule.
San Antonio staple Rios Barbacoa will soon be on the move. According to social media updates, the eatery is moving its Southtown location at 317 Probandt St. to 2316 South Flores St. The owners expect the new higher capacity dining room to be open in December.