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A classic bar's Irish goodbye, free açaí bowls, and a relocated taco joint land in San Antonio food news
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
The music may have died at long-running East Side bar Tucker's Kozy Korner. Bands who were set to perform at an August 25 Mission DIY showcase, including Violent Practice and Eastern Condors, shared on social media that the show was canceled because the owner "wants to close down permanently effective immediately." The San Antonio Currentbroke the news and found the building locked multiple times during normal operating hours. No official statement has been made on the bar's social media, which has been dark since late July.
In brighter East Side news, acclaimed street food joint Milpa has found a new home at the former location of The Pour Box at 419 S. Hackberry St. The acclaimed restaurant, helmed by Chopped-winning chef Jesse "Kirk" Kuykendall closed its Olmos Park location earlier in the year to prepare for the transition. The new site, next to the Dakota East Side Ice House, is set to be operational by November.
Fruity New Jersey-based chainPlaya Bowls is opening its first Helotes store on September 9 at 9708 Business Parkway. The outpost will give away free açaí bowls, t-shirts, and swag to its first 50 guests to celebrate its grand opening. The opening starts at 10 am, but San Antonians who are really serious about getting those prizes should consider arriving early.
Other news and notes
Dracula Fest will once again put San Antonio under its spell when it returns to Rosedale Park on October 14. Though the name nods to the literary bloodsucker, latter-day slayers need not be alarmed. The fest's focus will be Romanian culture, with food vendors, artisans, and folk musicians on hand between 11 am and 8 pm.
Shake Shack is bringing some late summer heat via its fan-favorite Hot Menu. Scoville scale chart-toppers include a spicy Shackmeister burger dusted with a hot pepper blend and cheese fries with ranch sauce. The promotion runs September 8 through January 8, 2024 — but the burger can be ordered now exclusively through the chain's app.