6 things to know about San Antonio food right now: Gourmet hot dog joint unexpectedly shutters
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Openings and closings
After two years of running a brick-and-mortar, RockerDogz Gourmet Street Dogz has turned off the grill. The concept started as a mobile eatery before finding a permanent South Side home in 2020. Though owner Kris Martinez did not go into specifics in a video message shared on social media, he explained that "It was time to move on." However, there is a glimmer of hope for fans of his smothered hot dogs. Martinez teased that monthly pop-ups could soon be in the works.
Balcones heights-area watering hole The Texan Icehouse has also thrown in the towel. In a frank Facebook post, the owners explained that the building had been sold. Although the team had "utilized every means possible to continue to operate," negotiations ultimately fell flat. The last day of business will be April 29.
In a heartbreaking social media note, vegan ghost kitchen Urban Soul Market owner Tia Rodriguez announced that she is temporarily closing her business as her son battles sickle cell disease. While the concept is on hiatus, Rodriguez is asking for community support via a crowdfunding campaign.
A new Cinnaholic franchise rolled into Alamo Ranch on March 31. The sweet shop, known for its plant-based creations, has rapidly expanded since appearing on Shark Tank in 2014. The 519 W. Loop 1604 #104 storefront is its second San Antonio location.
Other news and notes
Festival season has hit the Alamo City area. Organizers of the Adobo Throwdown Cooking Competition and Food Expo have announced that the event will return August 5-6. Organized by the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce, the event includes food vendors, live entertainment, and cooking demos. Amateurs and pros can also compete in various competitions focused on ube, barbecue, lumpia, and — of course — adobo. The $17 weekend passes can be purchased here.
Becker Vineyards' 24th annual Lavender Fest has also come into bloom. From 10am-5 pm on April 15 and 16, guests can celebrate the iconic herb on the Fredericksburg winery's lawn, enjoying luncheons, tastings, and artisan vendors. Tickets range from $15-$60.