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From gas station to burger stand to beloved neighborhood bar, Tucker’s Kozy Korner has gone through its fair share of changes during its nearly 80-year run. Now the East Side institution is gearing up for another transformation — introducing new culinary offerings that combine three concepts into one.

On Wednesday, August 17, the bar introduced breakfast, lunch, and dinner service. Instead of focusing on a single style of cuisine, each meal will have a unique focus helmed by local hospitality pros.

The morning program, dished out 7-10:30 am, Tuesday through Friday, dips into Southeast Asian flavors by San Antonio chef Jenny Nguyen. According to a press announcement, the Vietnam native will start the day with beef, chicken, and vegetable pho, customizable with eggs, steamed vegetables, tofu, and more. Guests can also wake up with Vietnamese iced coffee and egg coffee — a pour-over with egg and milk custard.

Early birds can also grab breakfast tacos with fillings like egg, bacon, and brisket. The classic San Antonio dish comes from chef Charles Daniels of Daniel’s Family Barbecue. He will also smoke brisket, chicken, and ribs for Nguyen’s soups.

An East Side fixture, Daniels has been serving pit barbecue with his wife Michelle since the ‘80s. His traditional barbecue plates will be the star of the show Tuesdays through Fridays, 11:30 am- 2 pm. Each will come with side options, including house-made coleslaw, potato salad, borracho beans, green beans, and cornbread.

Finally, dinner caps off the weekday fare from 5-9:30 pm. Tucker’s has partnered with nearby café Sweet Yams for a concept dubbed Loretta’s Finest Southern Fried Chicken. Crispy wings and breasts will be paired with down-home sides like garlic mashed potatoes, organic steamed vegetables, Southern red beans, and more.

Obviously, the East Side bar doesn’t believe in the old warning about too many cooks in the kitchen. It plans to soon add even more chefs to the crew. Weekend brunch from 11 am-3 pm will feature special guests to add even more variety to the menu. And, of course, cocktails and cold beer will still flow during regular operational hours.

Tucker's Kozy Korner is rehauling its menu with all-day offerings.

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Tucker's Kozy Korner is rehauling its menu with all-day offerings.
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The 21 most anticipated San Antonio restaurants and bars opening this fall and beyond

Can't hardly wait

Maybe you've heard: San Antonio is currently experiencing a population boom. Even Austin renters are moving to the Alamo City in droves in search of greater affordability, less traffic, and much better tacos.

Of course, tacos aren't the only dish that San Antonio does right. A diverse crop of restaurants and bars is sprouting up to feed all the hungry newcomers. From promising new ideas from the city's most lauded chefs to a gaggle of Austin imports, here are the most anticipated spots — making local's mouths water — and coming soon.

Be Kind & Rewind
This upcoming arcade bar in the former Alamo Plaza Fuddruckers had sites on opening by this year's Fiesta. However, the website still lists a vague "opening 2022." The concept ignores the gravitas of the Texas Revolution for more recent history — the scrunchied pomp of the '80s.

Big Animal
Though locals were saddened to see Hello Paradise end its run in February, the announcement did come with some promising news. The team behind Bandit BBQ is planning to open a new all-American eatery on the grounds. The opening date is still anyone's guess. It had initially intended to open by spring.

Brenner's Steakhouse
Though locals have been abubble about the River Walk location of this luxury Houston steakhouse since May 2021, the Landry's restaurant group still hasn't offered exact opening details. It has, however, gotten around to updating the website with a targeted date in the fall.

Carriqui
The first of Pearl's big reveals this year, Carriqui will open at 239 E. Grayson St. on September 2. Locals are already abuzz about chef Jaime Gonzalez's menu, which is dedicated to South Texas favorites like coastal seafood, botana platters, barbacoa, and brisket.

Francis Bogside
Coyness seems to be in vogue among San Antonio restaurateurs. So goes it with Francis Bogside owner Steve Mahoney. When announcing that the popular Irish pub would leave Southtown at the end of July, he promised a new Francis Bogside would rise from the ashes. The location and timeframe are yet to be disclosed, though local reporters are no doubt breaking out their trenchcoats.

Full Goods Diner
Paperboy made a name in the Capital City with approachable, locally sourced fare. Now the team is moving into Pearl's new plaza in September. Like its Austin sibling, Full Goods will focus on breakfast and lunch. But guests can expect San Antonio flavor in dishes like carnitas tortas and breakfast enchiladas.

Go Fish Market
One of three anticipated concepts from hospitality dynamos Houston and Emily Carpenter, Go Fish will combine a fresh fish market with a casual café. The pair estimate a winter 2022 opening at 125 W. Grayson St.

Jerk Shack
Chef Nicola Blaque is gearing up for a third brick-and-mortar location of her nationally recognized concept, tentatively set for opening in late summer. The menu will have some slight tweaks with a few more upscale offerings.

Kerbey Lane Cafe
The first San Antonio location of Austin's most famous pancake slinger was expected to arrive at 5515 N. Loop 1604 W., #101 this spring. There's still no definite date, but the outpost has begun hiring.

Künstler Brewing
Vera and Brent Deckard are bringing a second location of their beloved Southtown brewery to Hemisfair's Yanaguana Garden sometime this summer. The new joint will be similar to the original but will offer to-go bites to be enjoyed on the grounds.

Ladino
This Mediterranean restaurant from Austin's acclaimed Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group will fire up the grill in late summer at 200 E. Grayson St. — the former site of Andrew Weissman's Pearl pioneer Il Sogno Osteria. Executive chef Berty Richter's menu focuses on live-fire cooking with scratch pita, mezze, and bountiful vegetables.

La Ruina
The team behind Grayson Street's The Modernist hasn't revealed much about this rum-focused bar. Will it be on the East Side or Southtown? Will it open before the end of the year? For now, San Antonians are free to wildly speculate.

McIntyre's
Construction is still underway for this upscale sports bar, a Southtown version of a Houston favorite. Social media offers little clue to the ultimate opening date. Its Instagram page's single post still says the spot will open in early 2022.

Nineteen Hyaku
Tucked into the lobby level of the upcoming Jefferson Bank tower at 1900 Broadway, Nineteen Hyaku promises upscale sushi served in chic, midcentury modern surrounds. Elevated seafood, tony design? It's no shocker that this is another project from the aforementioned Carpenters. The debut is expected in July 2023.

Pink Shark
Downtown nightlife will gain new vigor when Picks Bar owners Jessica Marinez and Amber Hernandez take over the former Davenport Lounge at 203 N. Presa St. for a brand-new concept. When CultureMap last checked in, the bar did not have a name. Now Pink Shark has an Instagram page so neighbors can follow along with the progress.

Potchernick’s Cervecería
Local architecture firm Clayton Korte is reworking a former sporting goods store at 211 N. St. Mary's St. into a stylish new restaurant and brewery. The completion date has not been revealed, but it is expected to be up and running by year's end.

Restaurant Claudine
The ever-busy Carpenters are also hard at work converting a ramshackle house at 517 E. Grayson St. into an elegant New American eatery. According to its Instagram page, Restaurant Claudine will grace Government Hill in October. Roland Gutierrez, an alum of Supper and Up Scale, will help the kitchen as chef de cuisine.

Stable Hall
Locals will have to wait a bit to enjoy this state-of-the-art music venue at the Pearl. The ambitious project with an outdoor beer garden is not set to open until Spring 2023.

Unnamed Stefan Bowers Project
Sometimes a restaurant doesn't need a name to be highly anticipated. When lauded chef Stefan Bowers unexpectedly announced the closure of Playland Pizza, he also announced a new concept opening at the 1221 Broadway Lofts this fall. Unfortunately, he shared no menu details for the upcoming eatery — only saying that pizza will not be on the menu.

Voodoo Doughnuts
Those wondering what would happen to Playland's 400 E. Houston St. spot soon got their answer. The marble-clad space will become the first San Antonio location of Portland's Voodoo Doughnut by the end of the year.

Wurst Behavior
Sean Wen and Andrew Ho, the team behind Curry Boys and Pinch Boil House, are partnering with craft butcher Joe Saenz on this upcoming beer garden just off the St. Mary's Strip. This time the prolific alchemists will meld traditional german cuisine with Asian flavors. The spot will have a fall opening to take advantage of crisper weather.

Carriqui debuts September 2.

Rendering courtesy of Don B. McDonald Architect
Carriqui debuts September 2.
Photo courtesy of the Jerk Shack

The Jerk Shack spices up San Antonio with new Sunday brunch service

Jerks Who Brunch

Fried chicken on a weekend morning just took on a new flavor, as the Jerk Shack starts offering Sunday brunches. The husband-and-wife team put a Caribbean twist on some Southern American brunch classics that might wake you up and then immediately knock you right back out.

That means new menu items like catfish and grits with jerk remoulade, sweet potato and cream cheese French toast with dulce de leche, and a “Texas Toast Benedict” highlighting jerk pork or chicken (or regular bacon, if you’re not trying to stay on theme).

There’s no rush at all to get there early; the brunch menu is available from 11 am to 5 pm, alongside the regular menu, which already offers up items that pair perfectly with brunch: fried green tomatoes, a crispy chicken sandwich, or tacos smothered in avocado cream and pineapple pico de gallo. An array of colorful frozen drinks awaits hot summer days and stretches out those slow brunch vibes.

In January, 2022, the Jerk Shack opened its new location, replacing the actual shack with a modern interior and counter service, plus a drive-thru pickup window. Lines wrapped around the building. Since then, it’s started selling merch, chef Nicola Blaque was nationally recognized by Yelp on International Women’s Day, and staff participated in a donation drive by packing meals for Uvalde first responders.

Next, an additional location is slated for the very un-shack-like historic Schultze House at Hemisfair. This location is slated to open in "mid to end of 2023," a publicist confirms.

The Jerk Shack is located at 10234 Highway 151, Suite 103.

Photo courtesy of Bakery Lorraine

7 special ways to celebrate Mom in San Antonio this Mother's Day

Mamma mia!

With the return of so many beloved yearly events, it feels like San Antonio has been born again. For some, the newfound freedom means being able to see family again; for others, it means finally getting out of the house. Whether this year is about your triumphant return to quality time with Mom, or a reminder that you’ll never be too far away, the important part is that someone takes that initiative for her.

These local businesses offer something for every mom, from the most lavish hotel parties, to take-home gifts, to more low-key opportunities to celebrate with kids or on a budget. Each gives their own take on a Mother’s Day special, so even if it’s a restaurant she knows well, there will be new surprises.

Make your reservations ASAP, and if you’re checking last-minute, don’t panic; flowers, a card, and some homemade special treats go a long way.

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille
On this special Sunday, Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille is opening early at 11 am with a limited edition menu option. Perry’s Filet Stuffed Roast includes a filet mignon stuffed with tons of good stuff, including spinach, wild mushrooms, garlic, onion and fresh herbs, and three cheeses ($49). If the family would rather celebrate at home, the roast comes to-go ($179 for four, $49 for individuals). The family size can be bundled with a pear salad, mashed potatoes, and an orange cheesecake ($25 total). Preorder or make reservations at perryssteakhouse.com.

Tributary
This farm-to-table restaurant is making brunch from locally sourced ingredients, including lots of baked goods. Three Southern cocktails (a bloody Mary, a michelada, and a lager with bacon) join charcuterie boards including beer garden favorites and classic local spreads. Baked goods showcase beignets, buttermilk biscuits, and market quiche with local honey and farmers market finds. The menu goes on and on, with Southern highlights like andouille benedict and concha french toast. Reserve (and look forward to complimentary parking) at tributarysa.com.

Bakery Lorraine
Flowers are a classy touch, but flowers with macarons are swoon-worthy. The Flower Box comes in two sizes that always includes raspberry, pistachio, and triple vanilla ($35 for 6), and adds blueberry violet ($60). A large quiche ($40, serves eight) is an excellent choice to bring to family events, with options for meat-eaters (bacon, gruyere and caramelized onions) or those cutting back (leeks, Swiss chard and gruyere). While you’re browsing, look for special desserts with floral scents or heart-shaped designs. Preorder at bakerylorraine.com.

Fish City Grill
For moms who like to keep it a little more casual, Fish City Grill is offering a special dish and drink discount. The dish features Kalamata-crusted Alaskan halibut over lemon rice, with heirloom tomatoes and goat cheese, a refreshing warm-weather dish that doesn’t feel as inland as San Antonio. The discounted cocktail is a similarly summery watermelon margarita. Also on the regular menu are non-fish options like shrimp and grits, and a Nashville hot chicken sandwich. The special offer is available at all Fish City Grill and Half Shell locations.

Hotel Contessa
Hotel Contessa has a newly renovated spa on the rooftop level, and a few packages from the accessible to the extravagant (and all with a glass of champagne). The Always on the Go Mom Package ($90) includes 30 minutes of reflexology and a scalp massage. The Pamper Mom Package ($200) includes a 50-minute custom facial or massage, a lavender scalp massage, and an aromatic steam towel treatment. The Super Mom Package ($500) pulls out all the stops with a facial and massage at 50 minutes each, an enhancement, and a cheese board. Book before May 8 by calling 210-298-8038.

Ivy Hall Events
An event venue may not be the first in anyone’s mind for must-try restaurants, but this special brunch brings a buffet ($40 for adults, $15 for children) and jazz (the buffet of the music world) to a gorgeous outdoor garden space. Food choices cover a broad spectrum from Quiche Lorraine to Honey Sesame Salmon, and desserts like raspberry tartlettes. Setting the scene with relaxing live music is the After Hours Jazz Assembly. This is a great opportunity to get dressed up and take those elusive family photos in the garden. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

la Madeleine
This French bakery makes charming Mom easy, without buying a plane ticket. Its heart-shaped cheesecakes in raspberry and chocolate ganache are show-stoppers that can follow up any meal out or in — but if you’re eating in, she’d better not lift a finger. To help with that, la Madeleine is offering two take-home options: a Spring Brunch bundle with quiches and lemon tarts ($28.99), and a Family Dinner Package of chicken, potatoes, veggies and a baguette ($42.99). Order for pickup and delivery at lamadeleine.com.

Macarons and flowers somehow out-class each other in the same box by Bakery Lorraine.

Photo courtesy of Bakery Lorraine
Macarons and flowers somehow out-class each other in the same box by Bakery Lorraine.
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The 8 best restaurants in San Antonio serve up a side of joy

Meet the Tastemakers

Cancelled Fiestas, waning tourist traffic, rising food costs: The last two years have been a bummer for the San Antonio restaurant community. It amazes us that they still manage to serve so much everyday joy.

That's why we are thrilled to give a little of that glow back. Our nominees for the 2022 CultureMap Tastemaker Award for San Antonio Restaurant of the Year have somehow made a rocky year feel normal. Each is where we celebrated job promotions and birthdays, where we reunited with friends, and where we sought relief from our worst days. Every one of them deserves a round of applause.

Read about them below, and honor their hardworking staff with a big tip. Then join us to announce the winner at our inaugural San Antonio tasting event and awards ceremony at The Espee on April 26. Tickets are on sale now.

2M Smokehouse
The force behind this barbecue joint was a backyard griller long before the James Beard Awards noticed his fire. And that familial spirit still shines in pitmaster Esaul Ramos' food. The holy trinity of brisket, sausage, and ribs are done with just the right amount of bark and bite, no doubt perfected over years of get-togethers. The sides are a pachanga — macaroni with chicharrones, pickled nopales, and Mexican street corn.

Brasserie Mon Chou Chou
In certain quarters, fine dining is judged by its fussiness, sauce squiggles and curlicues that do more for Instagram likes than the overall experience of the plate. This Pearl hot spot knows better. Under the direction of chef Laurent Réa, Brasserie Mon Chou Chou impresses with shatteringly crisp duck confit or a simple raclette sandwich topped with Bayonne ham. So what if the luscious escargot isn't conventionally pretty? Substance trumps style every day.

Curry Boys BBQ
If it weren't for the shocking pink paint job, this St. Mary's strip shack would be easy to miss. What can't be overlooked are the bold flavors that come out of the kitchen. With Curry Boys, the teams behind Pinch Boil House and South BBQ have accomplished the near impossible: fusion without gimmickry. As it happens, oak-smoked brisket adds heft to a zingy Southeast Asian curry, and crispy chili oil tastes fantastic on everything.

Landrace
Located in downtown's sleek Thompson hotel, Landrace brings destination dining to casual San Antonio. Chef Steve McHugh's menu honors Texas regional fare, but not without a bit of dazzle. Wild-caught scallops swim with humble corn and luxury truffle orzo pasta, and a New York strip's poivre comes from chili pequin. Rare or common, every ingredient is necessary. And that makes the restaurant a special occasion, even during a weeknight meal.

Maverick Texas Brasserie
There's a bit of a vegetal bent to this Southtown brasserie's comfort classics. Sure, few would grumble at a well-done rotisserie chicken. But when accompanied by broccolini, mushrooms, and pickled cranberries, it becomes a dish. It becomes a craving when paired with a Gamay or Gruner Veltliner from one of the most creative lists in town. It becomes an event when served in one of Alamo City's most effortlessly chic dining rooms.

Pinch Boil House
Necessity has always been the mother of invention in Texas cuisine. Still, the state's most famous mash-up, Tex-Mex, sometimes overshadows its other culinary collision. This Alamo Heights spot aims to change that with pitch-perfect versions of Viet-Cajun boils. Bracing spice, achingly fresh seafood, what more could a local want? Maybe one of the feisty rice bowls topped with honey Sriracha-glazed shrimp or Korean Buffalo chicken.

Playland
Keeping true to its name, no San Antonio Restaurant is quite as fun as Stefan Bower's downtown pizzeria. The pies themselves are exuberant, pairing standby pizza meats with surprises like Calabrian honey. Still, the always on-point food is not the only star of the show. Bowers has created a scene with an irreverent menu, an enviably stylish staff, and dance music pumping almost every night. Want more fun? Dive into the strawberries and cream served during the recently introduced breakfast service.

Southerleigh Haute South
This casual cousin to one of Pearl's most popular restaurants knows that standards must come with ease. This Rim eatery may have a relaxed menu of fried chicken, comfort sides, and sandwiches, but it goes head-to-head with the other restaurants on this list. Try the shrimp po'boy and the sweet bacon jam-garnished deviled eggs. Then, be thankful you can enjoy such quality food in shorts.

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6 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Popular brunch spot bellies up to new location

News you can eat

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 regular roundup of essential food news.

Openings

The team behind Stone Oak’s Full Belly Café + Bar is getting a bit fuller. Real estate agent Mike Garansuay spilled the beans that the restaurant had rented a space in Olmos Plaza at 4212 McCullough Ave. for a second location of the American eatery. Though Full Belly reposted the news on its own channels, it did not reveal an exact opening date.

The Medical Center lunch crowd gained a new place to nosh on April 1. According to an Instagram post, the new Japanese concept Time To 8 has taken over the former Thyme for Lunch space at 9390 Huebner Rd #104. Guests can expect rice bowls, sushi, ramen, and bento boxes.

Austin-based coffee chain Summer Moon is continuing its San Antonio expansion with a fourth location at 21134 US Hwy 281 N. in Stone Oak. The spot, known for wood-fired beans, will celebrate its grand opening 7 am-12 pm on April 16 with giveaways, swag, samples, and discounts.

Other news and notes

Locals wondering why their Uber Eats and Favor orders take so long now have an answer. According to a study by online network Porch, San Antonio has the second-fewest delivery drivers among U.S. metropolitan areas. Using U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, the company determined that Alamo City has only three delivery drivers per 1,000 residents.

After a two-year delay, aspiring chicken parents can once again flock to the San Antonio Chicken Walk on April 16. The event, sponsored by the Food Policy Council of San Antonio, is a self-guided tour of San Antonio’s chicken coops ending with refreshments and fun at Garcia Street Urban Farm at 218 Garcia St. Guests can kick off their journey at Olmos Basin Farmers Market at 100 Jackson Keller Road between 9:30 am-1 pm. Tickets are available online.

Fans of fine dining and booze will be heartened to know that Landrace’s Dinner Series will be returning on April 21. The Riverwalk dining destination has teamed up with Fort Worth’s Blackland Distillery for a paired four-course dinner for the official return. Menu highlights include tuna ceviche and a springtime smore for dessert. Tickets are $120 and are available through Eventbrite.

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Legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers heat up San Antonio with 2023 tour stop

one hot minute

One of alternative rock's most legendary acts is headed to San Antonio on their highly anticipated North American tour next year. Red Hot Chili Peppers will play the Alamodome on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

Kicking off in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 29, RHCP will also stop in Houston's Minute Maid Park on Thursday, May 25 to close out the North American leg of the tour before heading to Europe. Effortlessly hip modern rock band The Strokes will support the Chili Peppers on both Texas stops, along with talented bassist-vocalist Thundercat.

Tickets go on sale at 10 am Friday, December 9 online. Other supporting acts along the way include Iggy Pop, The Roots, The Mars Volta, St. Vincent, City and Colour, and King Princess.

Touring in support of their two No. 1 studio albums released in 2022, Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen, the Chili Peppers have played sold-out shows in London, Paris, Los Angeles, and more with notable artists such as A$AP Rocky, Anderson.Paak, Beck, and HAIM.

The first rock band in 17 years to score two No. 1 albums in one year, the band has been red-hot on the Billboard charts and at the MTV Video Music Awards, where they received the Global Icon Award and brought the house down with a performance of the No. 1 single “Black Summer,'' which also won the award for Best Rock Video.

Fronted by the impossibly chiseled and ageless (he's 60!) Anthony Kiedis, the Chili Peppers formed in 1983. Unabashedly proud of their LA roots, the band burst onto the scene with early singles such as "Higher Ground" and "Give It Away," both showcases of bassist Flea's slappin', funk-fueled basslines.

Throughout the peak of alternative music in the '90s, the band saw tragedy, personnel changes at guitar, and reinventions — Kiedes' rap-singing, Flea's bass grooves, and singalong choruses all constants over the decades.

While many '90s alt-rock acts fizzled, the Chili Peppers stayed relevant; the band boasts two anthemic singles with more than 1 billion streams — "Californication" and "Under the Bridge" — and more than 25 million followers on Spotify.

Expect this show to be packed with Gen Xers and new fans for what promises to be one hot minute.

Red Hot Chili Peppers 2023 tour dates:

  • Wednesday, March 29 – Vancouver – BC Place
  • Saturday, April 1 – Las Vegas – Allegiant Stadium
  • Thursday, April 6 – Fargo, North Dakota – FargoDome
  • Saturday, April 8 – Minneapolis – US Bank Stadium
  • Friday, April 14 – Syracuse, New York – JMA Wireless Dome
  • Friday, May 12 – San Diego – Snap Dragon Stadium
  • Sunday, May 14 – Phoenix – State Farm Stadium
  • Wednesday, May 17 – San Antonio – Alamodome
  • Friday, May 19 – Gulf Shores, Alabama – Hangout Music Festival
  • Thursday, May 25 – Houston – Minute Maid Park

Texas-based 3D printing company tapped by NASA to build on the moon

To infinity and beyond

An Austin-based builder of 3D-printed homes, ICON, is making one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind by signing a $57 million contract with NASA to build on the moon.

According to a release from ICON, the Texas company will soon venture into a new frontier of space dimensions. The contract, announced on November 29, was awarded to the company under NASA's Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This program allows ICON to use the $57 million award to build their Olympus system, which adds to previous construction done by both NASA and the Department of Defense for exploration of the moon and beyond.

"ICON’s Olympus system is intended to be a multi-purpose construction system primarily using local lunar and Martian resources as building materials to further the efforts of NASA as well as commercial organizations to establish a sustained lunar presence," the release stated.

The project will work in conjunction with NASA's Artemis program, which launched its first rocket in 50 years on November 15. ICON will work with the program to:

  • Use lunar regolith samples brought back from Apollo missions, in addition to other regolith simulants, to see their mechanical behavior in lunar gravity.
  • Bring advanced hardware and software into space through a lunar gravity simulation flight.
  • Create results to inform future lunar construction approaches for the space community.
  • Establish critical infrastructure necessary for a sustainable lunar economy and habitation.

“The final deliverable of this contract will be humanity’s first construction on another world, and that is going to be a pretty special achievement," said Jason Ballard, ICON co-founder and CEO.

"It's a construction system we call Olympus system that will allow us to use the local materials of the moon to build all the elements of infrastructure necessary for a lunar outpost and ultimately a moon base ... launch and landing pads, roadways, habitats, you name it, all the things on the moon," said Ballard.

He added that they hope to start building on the moon by 2026, starting with a launch and landing pad.

In addition to the grant, ICON was awarded a subcontract in 2021 to support NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate to create the world's first and only simulated 3D-printed Mars surface habitat. Called Mars Dune Alpha, it is located at NASA's Johnson Space Center and is assisting in long-duration science missions.

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6 things to know in San Antonio food right now: New beer garden quietly opens

New You Can Eat

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 regular roundup of essential food news.

Openings

The owners of Gold Feather have unofficially untapped a new venture, LadyBird Beer Garden. Although official channels are keeping details mum, a Facebook page run by landlords VLA Real Estate spilled the beans on the November 25 opening. In addition to serving craft beer, the concept at 447 W. Hildebrand Ave has a full kitchen, bar, and a small patio for enjoying the mild December weather.

Months after coyly announcing a second location, Elotitos Corn Bar sprouted a new Government Hill location on December 3. The snack shop is well known for its aguas frescas and elotes flights, offering the street food staple in various flavors. The new outpost is open Monday through Saturday, 3-9 pm.

Following the recent San Antonio expansion of Oregon-based Dutch Bros Coffee, another out-of-towner is gaining some local buzz. According to Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records, Arkansas franchise 7 Brew Coffee is brewing its first Alamo City location at 4825 Walzem Rd. Barring delays, the project will be completed in May 2023.

Pop-up concept Rose Hip Coffee has found a permanent home at 116 W. Olmos Dr. in Olmos Park. The broadened Rose Hip Market combines caffeine with boutique retail, offering everything from kid's clothes to ready-to-eat sandwiches and salads. The playful equestrian wallpaper might make it a can't-miss selfie spot.

Other news and notes

A new cocktail conference will lift San Antonio's spirits in January. The Culinaria-hosted Third Coast Cocktail Summit will feature seminars, tastings, dinners, and tipsy soirées during its five-day run from January 10-14. All-access passes are now available for $250 for industry and $500 for general admission at the nonprofit's website.

In other booze news, Kinsman's Brandy Alexander Tour is back in full swing for the holiday season. Dorćol Distilling's annual celebration of the famous desert cocktail has drafted 14 spots to offer the renowned desert cocktail this year, including several newcomers like Allora, Bar Loretta, Double Standard, Ladino, and Sojourn Trading Co. A full list of participants can be found here.