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An East Side rebirth, a moody new bar, and 2 more closures wrap up San Antonio food news
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Openings and closings
The East Side rebirth of Milpa is officially up and running, but more is still to come. On December 20, the acclaimed eatery announced it was serving tacos, taquitos, and pozole Wednesday through Saturday, 6-11 pm. For now, the fare is only available at The Dakota East Side Ice House, but soon, Chef Jesse "Kirk" Kuykendall will begin hosting coursed dinner at the adjacent main space at 433 S. Hackberry.
Ricky Ortiz, the prolific entrepreneur behind El Camino and Besame, celebrated Christmas Day with the soft opening of his third concept, Ay Que Chula, in the former home of Luther's Café on the Main Strip. Like its sibling concepts, Ay Que Chula is bathed in bisexual lighting, but it does have its own identity. The bar is the first in Ortiz's portfolio to not include a food truck park.
Popular truck Eight Ball Coffee has found a permanent place to park. On December 23, the concept debuted its brick-and-mortar location at 1432 S. St Mary's St. with free breakfast sandwiches from Kewtie Boy Sando. Post-holidays, the shop will operate from 7:30 am to 4 pm on weekdays, and 8 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Continuing December's big bummer, the 9390 Huebner Rd. location of Mr. C's Fried Chicken & Waffles has become the latest local restaurant to call it quits. In an Instagram post sharing the December 31 final date, the owners did not explain the move but did assure fans that the flagship at 7907 W. Loop 1604 N. will remain open.
Tex-Mex staple Yolanda's Uptown Café has closed after almost 35 years in business. The unassuming Fredericksburg Road staple opened in 1989 and quickly became popular for its homemade tortillas, affordable lunch plates, and tacos. According to MySA, owners Yolanda and Perfecto Vasquez are ready for new adventures in retirement. The last day of business was December 22.