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6 things to know about San Antonio food right now: Fried chicken truck nests in Medical Center
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 this year's nominees for our Tastemaker Award for Best New Restaurant is experiencing a growing spurt. Via social media, food truck Krazy Katsu shared it was making the leap to brick-and-mortar with a Medical Center shop. Although it did not divulge the address of the upcoming joint, a video in the carousel revealed the location as the former Project Pollo space at 9390 Huebner Road. Owners Jessica and Phillip Gonyea expect to open around the end of August.
A Tex-Mex legacy has been cut short. In a short social media post, Cha-Cha's New Gen Café announced its immediate closure. The restaurant was a vegetarian-friendly rebirth of one of San Antonio's classics. Four years after founders Margarita and Ricardo Ruiz shuttered their Bandera Road staple, daughter Bania Ruiz revived the concept at a new location, combining new plant-based offerings with her parent's traditional fare.
The relentless cheeriness of most of San Antonio's caffeine scene will soon be countered with a brick-and-mortar version of St. Mary's Strip truck Gravves Coffee. Mauricio Cruz and Daniel Contreras created the brand in 2018 before going mobile in 2021 with their unique menu of Goosebumps-hued elixirs. Fittingly opaque, the proprietors kept mum on the location and opening date. A request for comment via Ouija board went unreturned.
Hip-hop bake shop Cookie Plug is adding a new location to its San Antonio roster. The franchise — known for its graffitied aesthetic and "thicc" cake-like treats — opened its first area store at 3830 N. Loop 1604 E. #103 on April 15. Now it's set to cater to tourists downtown. A sign has popped up at 507 E Houston St. #105 advertising the upcoming outpost, confirmed by the chain's website. With Voodoo Doughnut still drawing crowds, the downtown corridor is set to be the city's corridor of both culture and cavities.
East will meet west as San Marcos gains its first location of Kikko Ramen & Poke in 2024 — never mind that the "east" is Beaumont. According to Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records, the restaurant is moving into 403 N Guadalupe St. near Texas State University. The buildout is expected to be completed by the end of April 2024, just in time for finals.
Other news and notes
Stone Oak seafood spot Arenas Marisqueria and Lounge has plunged into lunch service. The entrees — all priced at a modest $10.99 — include a shrimp chile relleno, mole enchiladas, and deep-fried tilapia.