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One of Alamo City's best bakeries, and perhaps one of its most famous, is heading for the Hill Country. Bakery Lorraine recently announced its newest location coming to Boerne in October 2022.

Featuring the bakery's full menu — macarons, pastries, sandwiches, salads, and more — Boerne residents and Hill Country visitors will find the new location at 134 Oak Park Dr. An official opening date will be announced closer to the time.

Owned by chefs Anne Ng, Jeremy Mandrell, and operator Charlie Biedenharn, the bakery celebrated 10 years in San Antonio in 2021 and its future looks bright: The company has four locations in Alamo City, including one in the Historic Pearl district, one in the Medical Center, one in the RIM shopping center, and one inside the The DoSeum. This new Hill Country location will be its second outside San Antonio, with an Austin outpost at the Domain Northside.

“We are very excited to be opening up shop in Boerne,” said chef and owner Anne Ng. “Boerne feels like a natural fit for Bakery Lorraine and we’re looking forward to becoming part of the community.”

Ng and partner Jeremy Mandrell met while baking at Thomas Keller’s world-famous Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley, moving to San Antonio in 2010. Since establishing Bakery Lorraine in 2011, the pair have garnered national attention from the likes of Food & Wine magazine (best new bakeries), Condé Nast Traveler (13 destination bakeries), and Southern Living (the South's Best Bakeries, 2022).

In addition to the bakery's iconic, colorful Parisian macarons and divine pastries, the Boerne location will also feature breakfast items, including the breakfast parfait, the quiche Lorraine, and breakfast sandwiches. A variety of savory lunch dishes, including an assortment of salads, soups, and artisan sandwiches, will provide plenty of reasons to stop by well past the morning pastry craving.

For more information on Bakery Lorraine visit bakerylorraine.com.

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7 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Cult-favorite salad chain sprouts in the Quarry

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Vibey Los Angeles-based salad chain Sweetgreen is digging into the Quarry. In late August, the fast-casual eatery filed its intention to spruce up the former Max’s Wine Dive space at 340 East Basse Rd., #101. Known for its tech prowess and collaborations with celebrity chefs like David Chang, Sweetgreen has rapidly broadened its footprint since 2007. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation project details say the spot will be ready for inspection in April 2023. Company reps did not return a request for comment.

San Antonio’s most lauded barbecue joint is firing up a new location. Another filing with TDLR reveals plans for a 2M Smokehouse at 1303 Lorenzo St. in Castroville. The restaurant, led by two-time James Beard-nominated pitmaster Esaul Ramos, will redevelop the former site of Dan’s Meat Market with a new kitchen addition, pit room, bakery, and outdoor seating. According to records, construction is expected to wrap up on June 30.

Move over, Baldwins. A less controversial quartet of siblings moved into the Omni La Mansión del Rio. Helmed by chef Andres Farias, Four Brothers began serving River Walk revelers on August 15. Replacing former onsite restaurant Las Canarias, the eatery finesses South Texas cuisine with Latin and French influences. Mains include a basil-crusted branzino, St. Louis-style ribs, and showy dry-aged tomahawk with confit potatoes and chimichurri.

Millennials looking to see the real-time financial impact of their latte habit can flock to San Antonio’s first Capital One Café as of August 18. The hustle culture hub, open to the general public, offers self-service banking, coworking space, and conference rooms. Capitol One credit and debit customers receive a half-off discount on drinks at the La Cantera shop.

Plant-based pizzeria Verve Pie is saying “thank you, next” to Cibolo. In an August 25 Instagram post, the restaurant explained it is looking to relocate to San Antonio. Staff shortages have made operations difficult for the last two months. Still, the restaurant wanted to hang on until existing employees could seek re-employment. A location within Alamo City limits will be closer to its customer base.

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Best Quality Daughter is taking a stand for reproductive rights. On September 11, the Pearl eatery will host a benefit dinner pairing chef Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin with Iron Chef personality Mason Hereford of New Orleans’ Turkey and the Wolf. Tickets for Good Trouble in Little China are $150 and will benefit Planned Parenthood South Texas and Lift Louisiana.

The Squeezebox is bringing a little sizzle to the St. Mary’s Strip with its inaugural Fajita Lounge Showdown on September 4. During the event, local chefs Kenny Loo of Golden Kirin Restaurant, Sergio Flores of La Tortuga Cocina Latina, Eddie Barrera of Sijang Korean Corn Dogs, Rory Torres of Crispy Bao Gang, and Steve Lopez will battle for a $500 prize. The $10 cover includes all-you-can-eat tacos and entertainment from The Texases.

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8 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Sultry new bar opens downtown

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Sojourn, a sultry new concept from hospitality veterans Derik Cortez and Andrew Carrillo brightened the former Juniper Tar space with a "public grand soft opening" on August 5. The 244 W. Houston St. bar offers a broad range of cocktails, including tiki classics like Mai Tais and playful originals like a martini made with oolong tea and umami bitters. The small kitchen churns out easygoing bites like crudo, dressed oysters, and a braised pork shoulder Cubano.

A new pizzeria has sliced into the River Walk. Fiume Pizzeria and Wine Bar introduced itself to the downtown scene on August 8. Located at the Palacio Del Rio hotel at 200 S. Alamo St., the eatery bills itself as Texapoletana — a portmanteau of Texas and Napolitana. The Texas part comes from seasonally sourced ingredients culled from local farms. The Neapolitan part comes from the blistered pies, panini, and appetizers like burrata.

Following the sudden departure of Playland Pizza in late June, another business has closed in Maverick Building. On August 4, Local Bar announced it had said goodbye to the downtown hustle after a decade of business. A Facebook post did not divulge a reason for the move.

A San Antonio raspa shop is limiting its hours following the closure of two neighboring businesses. Chamoy City Limits announced that it would temporarily reduce operations to Saturdays and Sundays, explaining via Instagram the February shutter of anchor business Smack's Chicken Shack has left its strip mall home feeling "sketch" after dark. The concept has suffered a string of thefts in 2022, including the April heist of a rooftop air conditioning unit. According to the post, weekday hours will resume once an unnamed new restaurant is up and running next door.

Though Chamoy City Limits didn't spill the beans on the name of its future neighbor, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission filings offer a clue. A concept called Lady Bird Beer Garden has applied for a mixed beverage permit at the 447 W. Hildebrand address. There are no details yet on the upcoming watering hole. A website and social media presence appear to be still forthcoming.

Speaking of TABC filings, a new nightspot dubbed Miranda's is headed to 415 E. Cevallos St. Again, the internet offers little clues to the concept. However, a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation record for the address does include plans for a rooftop bar. We assume the spot is not a temple to master's degree candidate and Che Diaz paramour Miranda Hobbes, but one can always hope.

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Local favorite Texas Nitro Coffee edged out hundreds of Texas food businesses as a finalist for H-E-B's annual Quest for Texas Best competition. Each year, entrepreneurs vie for marketing support, grocery placement, and a cash prize. This year's winner will be announced on August 24 at Dallas' Fair Park.

Fans of the Alamo City's signature condiment will have plenty to pucker over as Chamoy Challenge takes over Rolling Oaks Mall on August 20. Organizers Que Retro Arts promise plenty of sweet-sour treats, with the chamoy champion crowned by celebrity panelists and attendees. Admission is free from noon-5 pm.

8 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Cheap eats chain suddenly hops out of business

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Guadalajara-based chain Cervecería Chapultepec has abruptly hopped out of the San Antonio market. The franchise, known for its low-priced fare, announced the closure of both local storefronts via a June 27 Facebook post. In May, the restaurant was named in a $20 million lawsuit that alleged the eatery overserved a patron before an intoxication manslaughter incident. Whether those legal woes contributed to the decision is unclear. The chain did promise "volveremos" (we will be back) in its last Instagram post.

Mildly bawdy restaurant chain Bombshells opened its first San Antonio outpost on June 27 at 8410 SH 51. According to a release, the location is the first franchise operation for the Houston-based company known for its aircraft hangar ambiance and "Bombshell Girls" dressed in non-regulation military gear. The sprawling menu includes ribs, pizza, burgers, and breastaurant de rigueur wings.

Downtown Schertz welcomed a new patio bar, The Hidden Grove, on July 2. The space comes from prolific operator Nick Marquez, the owner of popular haunts Old Main Ice House and Bar House. According to an Instagram Reel, the new build is outfitted with yard games, a spacious outdoor bar, and a massive flat screen for viewing — taking a wild stab here — sports.

The team behind Southtown's Gold Coffee has teased a new "new food and beverage idea" at Freight Gallery and Studios. In the upcoming weeks, Lil Treasures will replace the recently closed Bandit BBQ at 1913 S. South Flores St., but locals will have to wait to see what gems are in store. Details are still under wraps for the concept. However, it will be hosting a Q&A with gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke hosted by Try Guys' Eugene Lee Yang on July 11.

Chicken Salad Chick, billed as the "nation's only fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept," is flocking to Alamo City. According to an updated release, local franchise company OberRoc LLC will bring the first of its 8 projected San Antonio-area units to 22831 N US Hwy 281 #116, debuting by the end of the year. Once open, the chain will serve a dozen varieties of its signature dish, along with pimento cheese, green salads, and sandwiches.

According to a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Arizona-based fast-food chain Salad and Go is expanding near Stone Oak. The drive-thru eatery will offer customizable bowls, wraps, and breakfast burritos at 2143 Bulverde Rd. TDLR records indicate that construction is slated to end in March 2023.

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East Side burger joint Mark's Outing is bringing back its Food Fight Fridays through September 23. Competitive eaters are tasked with devouring five cheeseburgers in five minutes for the chance to qualify for the finals at Mark's All-American Burger Fest on October 15 and win $1,000. The $15 registration fee secures a slot in each heat, but sadly no antacids.

Pearl hot spot Best Quality Daughter has opened its much-anticipated new patio. Owners Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin and Quealy Watson announced the completed renovations via social media with a video showcasing the new seating and outdoor bar. Thankfully, the build-out also includes awnings and multiple fans.

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Iconic Portland doughnut chain bakes up first San Antonio shop downtown

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By the end of the year, downtown San Antonio will have one more tourist attraction: Cult Portland-based concept Voodoo Doughnut is moving into 400 E. Houston St., just blocks from the Alamo.

Shaina Hill, the company’s marketing director, confirms to CultureMap that the first San Antonio location will be operational by late 2022. Voodoo Doughnuts previously shared the news via Instagram.

The 24-hour doughnut and coffee shop will replace Playland Pizza. After three years in business, chef and owner Stefan Bowers announced in late May that he was closing the popular restaurant on June 30. Bowers will be opening an as-yet-unnamed new eatery in the 1221 Broadway Lofts in the fall, but it will not serve pizza.

Founded in 2003 by Portlanders Kenneth Pogson and Tres Shannon, Voodoo Doughnut has become an internationally recognized brand. It first dipped its toes into the Texas market in 2015 with a store on Austin’s iconic Sixth Street. It currently runs three other stores in the Houston area.

The chain is known for its trademark pink boxes and its tongue-in-cheek offerings. In addition to selling standard varieties like glazed and cinnamon sugar cake, it also proffers doughnuts like the Maple Blazer Blunt and the dried chili-topped Ring of Fire. All are available in singles or curated boxes.

Voodoo should be popular in the busy downtown corridor near attractions like the Majestic Theater and Hopscotch. A new Alamo visitor center and museum is also being developed nearby in the historic Crockett and Woolworth buildings, although it is not expected to debut until 2025.

If other Texas openings are any indication, Voodoo will draw its own crowds.

“We’re excited to bring the Voodoo Magic to San Antonio, in the downtown corridor, where so much exciting growth is occurring,” says Voodoo Doughnut CEO Chris Schultz via statement.

7 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Buzzy River Walk bar plots new location

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Popular River Walk hangout Elsewhere Garden Bar & Kitchen is setting its sights, well, elsewhere. In a lengthy social media post, owner Terrin Fuhrmann revealed that the team has purchased a six-acre plot on the North Side to develop as a second outpost. Fuhrmann was mum on the exact details, but he did promise that the new location would have the “same feeling and message” as the original spot. However, the large footprint would offer “a much deeper and immersive experience.”

An Austin nightlife concept now has a San Antonio concept under its wing. According to an Instagram post, The Lucky Duck has quietly opened at 810 N. Alamo St. ahead of its grand opening on May 28. The indoor/outdoor space features a full bar and a looming mural by local artist Scotch! The launch weekend will be celebrated with specials, a DJ, and live music.

The North Side’s tony Estancia del Norte hotel now has an equally fancy restaurant. According to a release, San Antonio caterer Don Strange opened Lazo with Don Strange on May 23. Helmed by former Boiler House sous chef Sarah Myles, the eatery focuses on South Texas-inspired cocktails and dishes.

Popular Northwest Side trailer Early Bird Coffee will soon roost in a permanent home. Via Facebook, the brand announced that it was moving into a permanent home at 11745 I-10, #527 in the Huebner Oaks Shopping Center. Final touches are expected to be completed in time for a midsummer opening. The original Airstream outpost will remain open in the meantime.

Six months after closing to fix a water leak, Southtown’s La Frite Belgian Bistro returned on May 24. Mother-and-son owners Icy and Miles Donnelly used the downtime to spiff up the place. Still, chef Federico Villega’s menu remains essentially the same. However, fans of the restaurant’s mussels will have to do a little planning if they want to wish the team a happy return. The restaurant warned on Instagram that the first two weeks are reservation only.

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Downtown bar Bentley’s on Broadway caused an online stir on May 19 by declaring that it was changing its age requirements to 25-plus. The concept did not offer any reason for the change, which was met with mixed reactions on social media.

Downtown’s Omni La Mansión del Rio hotel has a new executive chef. The property named Andres Farias as the leader of its culinary programs via release, citing his wealth of experience at luxury chains like Starwood Hotels, Marriott International, and Intercontinental Hotels. A Venezuela native, he plans to meld Latin influences with contemporary Texan cuisine.

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San Antonio Missions hit home run with new owners, plus more top stories

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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. Here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. San Antonio's minor league baseball team scores new owners, including Texas sports legends. San Antonio's minor league baseball team is back to being locally owned — by some big names.

2. H-E-B unveils new line of merchandise for super fans, available exclusively at this store. Kerrville was chosen to launch the company's new line of H-E-B-branded merchandise, in celebration of its 117th anniversary and in honor of its first store.

3. San Antonio market continues to see prices going up and sales going down. San Antonio home sales dropped 19 percent from October 2021.

4. San Antonio Rodeo wrangles even more musical acts for star-studded 2023. Turnpike Troubadours joined the already impressive lineup for the 2023 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

5. San Antonio children's theater adapts timeless children's book for the holidays. Magik Theatre celebrates The Velveteen Rabbit as a Christmas story, with inclusive special performances.

Steven Spielberg opens up personal history in The Fabelmans

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For over 40 years, director Steven Spielberg has been delivering some of the most popular blockbuster movies of all time as well as a bevy of Oscar-quality dramas, a combination that’s unique to him. For his latest, The Fabelmans, he’s decided to go more personal than ever, telling a thinly-veiled version of his own childhood.

Sammy (played mostly by Gabriel LaBelle) is one of four children – and the only son – of Mitzi (Michelle Williams), a concert pianist, and Burt Fabelman (Paul Dano), a computer engineer. From an early age, Sammy is enthralled by the art of filmmaking, first remaking a train crash sequence from The Greatest Show on Earth, and gradually moving on to more adventurous stories.

Burt’s advancing career, which moves the family from New Jersey to Arizona to California, causes stress for various members of the family, most notably Sammy and Mitzi. Sammy must deal with anti-Semitic bullies, while Mitzi falls deeper into a mental health crisis. Sammy’s movies continually offer a respite for the family, though, giving him a creative outlet and the rest of them a chance to forget their troubles for a while.

Written by Spielberg – his first writing effort since 2001’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence – and Tony Kushner, the film is heavy on emotions but presented in a way that those feelings don’t always translate. Spielberg is no stranger to depicting fraught family situations in his long career, but in showing ones from his own family, it feels like he pulled back, not wanting the scenes to be overwrought or schmaltzy.

The result is a story that isn’t as universal as some of his other films. As the film is told from Sammy’s perspective, it’s easy to get caught up in his pursuits and various discoveries as he gets older. The mindsets of the rest of the family are less clear, even though his parents and sisters are ever-present. Mitzi’s state of mind is a concern from the start, but it’s not always treated as such by other important characters.

Just as Sammy’s movies are an escape for his family, so too are they some of the best parts of the film. Sammy figuring out the process and secrets of filmmaking is informative and often thrilling, especially if you’re a cinephile. Spielberg has been considered a master for so long that watching him revisit the days when he was learning as he went is catnip for movie lovers.

In addition to being a dead ringer for a teenage Spielberg, LaBelle is a fantastic actor. It’s no easy feat to carry a movie on your shoulders, and LaBelle makes the assignment look easy. Williams’ performance will likely be more polarizing; she employs a very mannered speech pattern that works in some situations, but not all. The film also includes memorable short appearances by Seth Rogen, Judd Hirsch, and David Lynch.

Spielberg has provided the moviegoing public with such pleasure over the years that he deserves to have a movie that’s mostly for him. The initial viewing of The Fabelmans left this critic wanting, but perhaps it will gain more traction on a second screening.

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The Fabelmans is now playing in theaters.

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Gabriel LaBelle in The Fabelmans

New self-guided tour showcases iconic Fort Worth Stockyards' many Hollywood ties

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A new self-guided tour showcasing the Fort Worth Stockyards’ many star-studded appearances in cinema throughout the years recently debuted in time for the 16th annual Lone Star Film Festival, which took place earlier this month in the Stockyards for the first time.

Called Stars of the Stockyards, the eight-stop, go-at-your-own pace walking tour guides folks to famous film sites where celebrities have stepped foot in front of Hollywood cameras. Visitors to the Stockyards can access the PDF tour map on their smart phones via QR codes (no app required) posted throughout the district, namely at hotels and tour kiosks.

"The Stockyards is a historic and celebrated destination for many reasons, but one that may be lesser known is its popularity as a filming location for some of our favorite movies and TV series," said Ethan Cartwright, VP of marketing for Stockyards Heritage Development Co.

The tour and corresponding QR codes are a permanent addition to the district, he said.

Stops on the map include the iconic White Elephant Saloon, a hotbed for Hollywood performances including several by legendary actor and martial artist Chuck Norris in the longtime TV series, Walker, Texas Ranger when the watering hole was portrayed as the fictional CD Bar. The White Elephant was also graced by country music superstar Tim McGraw and Academy Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton for their appearances in Paramount Plus’ hit series 1883.

Also in 1883 and featured on the tour is Hookers Grill, hidden in the less flashy West side of Exchange Ave. The burger shack transformed into a gambling den in the show called The Texas House of Liquor & Sport. It’s the only building in the Stockyards that preserved the façade constructed by 1883’s production team. During operating hours, customers can order at the outdoor burger window and dine at patio tables within the two-story structure.

Cowtown Coliseum is marked on the map for its appearances in the 1983 film Tough Enough, where actor Dennis Quaid played an amateur boxer. It’s also the home of the final rodeo scene in the 1992 movie Pure Country starring country music legend George Strait.

Billy Bob’s Texas, the Stockyards Hotel, and even unassuming historic cattle pens also make the list on the tour, along with notations for the Texas Trail of Fame, which features more than 240 bronze markers honoring contributors for preserving and perpetuating the Western way of life.

Veteran actors Sam Elliot and Robert Duvall, both stars in the megahit TV series Yellowstone, are among the most recent Texas Trail of Fame inductees.

For more information and to get started on the tour, go here.