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Craft beer closures, a mystery sneaker bar, and taco troubles wrap up San Antonio food news
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Openings and closings
America's waning interest in craft beer has claimed another local casualty. Following three years in business, Northside self-serve taproom The Dooryard plans to shutter. In a social media statement, the owners painted the closure as a hiatus, promising an eventual return to the San Antonio scene. After a karaoke party and steak night, the team will bow out on August 26.
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission filings reveal an intriguing new concept. According to records, a concept called Kicking It has applied for a mixed beverage permit at a former Mattress Firm location at 842 NW Loop 410 #103. The ownership records link it with the Austin sneaker shop of the same name, a lifestyle brand known for Nikes, not Negronis.
Tex-Mex stapleBlanco Café is moving out of its longtime home at 419 N. Saint Mary's St., but it won't be out of the downtown scene for long. According to Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records, the spot is renovating a space in the Dalkowitz Dry Goods Building at 201 W Commerce St. #105. The new café will dish out enchiladas by February 2024, barring any construction delays.
Broadway Veracruzian restaurant Fonda Nostra Bistró appears to have shuttered. The San Antonio Current first noticed that the restaurant had updated its Facebook page status to "permanently closed" in early August. It's unclear whether the former food truck will continue operating in a scaled-back capacity. No statement has been posted on social media, and CultureMap could not reach the owners via phone.
Other news and notes
The notable gastronomes at Real Estate Witch caused a citywide eye-roll on August 18 by ranking Austin as the best taco city in America. Furthering the indignity, the site ranked San Antonio as a paltry No. 4. To determine the results, the study crunched numbers from Yelp, Google Trends, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, assessing metrics such as average star ratings, the cost of making tacos once a week, and the "average price of an assortment of taco foods." Notably absent was any discussion about taste or quality, but the baby-rich diet of witches is hardly mainstream.