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It took a bit longer than expected, but Piatti finally reopened its second San Antonio location at the Èilan Hotel and Spa on July 18. The trattoria had been shuttered since mid-2022 when its California-based parent company decided to give both properties a facelift.

The move comes on the heels of the January reemergence of its Quarry location. Piatti has been a staple of the local restaurant scene since the ‘90s. Though part of a chain, the sibling San Antonio eateries are Texas’ sole locations.

The new space is a warm departure from the industrial trappings of the original design. Gone are the former’s putty walls, reclaimed wood accents, and cast-concrete fixtures, replaced by spring green banquettes and yards of Venetian plaster. Texture envelopes the room, whether from chenille upholstery or the well-worn vintage cooking utensils made into art by Molly West.

As with the Quarry outpost, the La Cantera menu has been modernized, too. Standouts include a lemon ricotta ravioli with sage brown butter; a hand-pressed flatbread with maitake mushrooms and pesto; and pork chop Saltimbocca served with green beans, fontina, and a Marsala sauce.

The beverage program also has new vigor thanks to a revamped wine list and amaro-heavy cocktail offerings. The libations range from a play on the Aperol Spritz with grapefruit bitters to an Italianate riff on the classic Paloma. Craft beer and a selection of zero-proof sippers round off the menu.

Still to come is the weekday aperitivo hour. From 3-6 pm, patrons can live out their White Lotus fantasies via deals on drinks and bar snacks like lumache and cheese, eggplant caponata, and hand-pulled mozzarella arancini.

“We’re very excited to reopen our Eilan location and see our longtime customers again,” said Piatti Culinary Vice President David Kurtz via a release. “We used this time as an opportunity to refine what we do best as well as introduce exciting menu additions and can’t wait for diners to experience this new chapter of Piatti.”

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The new Piatti interior is washed in Venetian plaster.

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Marc Jacobs styles first San Antonio boutique in La Cantera

Names! Names! Names!

As one of the nation’s largest cities, San Antonio has always had its fair share of retail. But when locals wanted to splurge on designer goods, the choices were traditionally few and far between. That’s about to change as yet another upscale brand sets up shop in La Cantera.

Hot on the heels of Gucci, it appears Marc Jacobs is opening a boutique in the luxury shopping center. A Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filing reveals that the brand is renovating a space at 15900 La Cantera Pkwy #1250, with construction set to wrap up at the end of August. The opening date is still unclear.

Though his signature line dates to the late ‘80s, Jacobs first gained fame by succeeding Perry Ellis as the creative director of his eponymous line. In 1992, his “grunge” collection for Ellis catapulted him to fashion’s top echelon. Though the clothes were a commercial failure, they became the unofficial uniform of ‘90s cool kids — from Winona Ryder to Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth.

In 1997, he introduced Louis Vuitton’s first ready-to-wear line, shaking off the dust of the brand’s lucrative leather goods business through covetable collaborations with artists Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami. His tenure inspired a host of heritage brands to similarly reinvent themselves through a hip streetwear lens.

Though Jacobs left his post at Vuitton in 2014, his namesake line is still owned by high-end conglomerate LVMH. Along with Vuitton, the company’s portfolio includes some of fashion’s most hallowed legacy lines, including Beyoncé-approved Loewe, Fendi, Christian Dior, and Givenchy.

There’s no word yet on whether the boutique will feature Jacob’s clothing line — now mostly focusing on logomania. No doubt, it will have a selection of more money-making accessories. CultureMap has reached out to the Marc Jacobs corporate offices and the Shops of La Cantera but has received no response at press time.

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One of San Antonio's best brunch spots is set to unbox a second location in La Cantera


One of San Antonio's most popular brunch destinations doesn't want to be boxed into Yanaguana Garden. Via a release, Box Street All Day has unveiled plans to open a second location in the La Cantera area.

Owners Edward Garcia III and Daniel Treviño debuted Box Street Social as a mobile eatery in 2015. Although the pandemic delayed their growth, the duo transitioned to brick-and-mortar in late 2021. Box Street All Day was an instant hit, thanks to its sunny atmosphere and Garcia's creative but accessible fare.

The La Cantera location will build on that success, starting with interiors designed by newly named partner Caroline Garcia-Bowman. Planning is still at the beginning stages, but the restaurant will include a pup-friendly patio. Assumably Garcia-Bowman will also incorporate other hallmarks of the Box Street brand, such as a graphic use of color paired, natural accents, and a poppy vibe.

The menu will also follow a similar format to the Hemisfair original. The release promised the return of bestsellers like the cherry compote-topped Thicc Boy Pancake, milk bread doughnuts, and the signature smash burger served with house-made accompaniments.

Although the team did not reveal any other details, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records places the outpost at 17038 Fiesta Texas Dr. #112. The filing says the renovation will wrap up in October, but the partners have yet to pinpoint an estimated opening date.

While eagerly waiting for more news, fans of the eatery can show their support by voting in CultureMap's Tastemaker Awards' best new restaurant bracket. The winner will be revealed at our annual party on May 18 at the Briscoe Museum downtown.

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The new Box Street All Day will have a familiar menu.


Spanish fashion giant picks La Cantera for first San Antonio store


The Shops at La Cantera will soon be bearing more fruit. According to a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), Spanish fashion giant Mango is building its first San Antonio store.

State records show the 4,461 square feet store will land at 15900 La Cantera Pkwy #8850 — the former site of shuttered tween retailer Justice. Behind the build is New York-based DOMO Architecture, the firm responsible for the splashy 2017 rework of the brand’s Soho flagship.

The $800,000 renovation is set to begin in April and wrap up in July. Neither leasing firm Brookfield Properties nor Mango corporate responded to a request for a targeted opening date, though assumably, the store will welcome its first guests before the end of the year.

Founded in Barcelona, Mango is a leader in fast fashion, often compared to another Shops of La Cantera tenant, Zara. Though pricing is relatively affordable, its menswear and womenswear lines are often cited for using higher quality fabrics and more exact tailoring. Styling leans more classic, relying less on the microtrends embraced by comparable shops.

Though nearly ubiquitous in Europe and Asia, Mango is a relative newcomer to the U.S. brick-and-mortar market. Its first foray on domestic shores was with the Soho shop in 2006. Since then, the company has been slow to build permanent homes — even while amping up omnichannel distribution online and through partnerships with Macy’s, Nordstrom, and others.

2022, however, saw a shift in direction, starting with the May opening of a vast Fifth Avenue flagship. In an October 2022 press release about its Florida expansion, the company also revealed that it was heading west with planned outposts in Georgia, California, and Texas.

Eventually, Mango plans to have 40 U.S. stores operating by 2024 and to grow the market to its top five in terms of turnover. The race will be to see which city gets the first Mango store. TDLR records also show a location planned in Friendswood, also to be completed in July.

Meanwhile, the Shops at La Cantera continues to position itself as San Antonio’s premier shopping destination. Gucci debuted its first standalone accessories shop at the development in December 2022. Whimsical jeweler Gorjana and eyewear behemoth Ray Ban also have boutiques on the way.

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San Antonio singer owns the stage on 'The Voice,' charms all four judges

You Don't Own Her

In an episode of singing competition The Voice that aired on Monday, October 2, a singer from San Antonio wowed all four judges with a rendition of Lesley Gore's You Don't Own Me."

The song is famous for its bluesy, haunting verse, followed by a soaring chorus setting the singer's foot down. Of course, for a vocal competition, Rudi Gutierrez (who performs as Rudi) kicked things up a notch. She sang with a fuller voice than the raw original, and inserted plenty of runs to show vocal agility on top of richness.

The Voice sets the celebrity judges up facing the opposite direction of the stage, so that they can't see the singer until they're already committed to the voice. Still, it's not a completely blind competition, and Rudi looked cool in studded and sparkling denim from head to toe.

Gwen Stefani turned first, only 25 seconds in and a few words into the chorus. Since Stefani has always been a full-throated singer who goes for the drama, this was right on-brand. She said she felt "euphoria" later during the judges' reaction period.

"this sh!t is bananas," wrote Rudi on Instagram. "4 chair turn, a block, and a standing ovation?! let’s goooooo!!!!" She also shared a screenshot from 2014 professing her admiration (or something more?) for the iconic No Doubt singer.

Next Niall Horan blocked John Legend, who turned seconds later (unaware of the block), followed by Reba McEntire, who made the judges' support unanimous. Of course, Rudi chose her longtime crush Stefani as her vocal coach.

The 28-year-old singer usually records dreamy pop tracks with an R&B influence, so it'll be interesting to see how she continues to put her own spin on classic songs. She mentioned a common artistic struggle onstage — not making enough money through music alone — and shared that she'd been working at her father's auto body shop.

To see the judges' reactions and hear Rudi's audition, watch the clip on YouTube. Watch The Voice on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 pm on NBC.

Office sexual politics rear their ugly head in Netflix's Fair Play

Movie Review

The career of Alden Ehrenreich has – so far – been one without much progress. He was the star of Beautiful Creatures 10 years ago, a film that made little impact. Since then, he’s been in a Woody Allen movie, a Coen Brothers movie, and played a young Han Solo, none of which made him a star. After a few years away from movies, he’s back with a bang in 2023, with roles in Cocaine Bear, Oppenheimer, and now Netflix’s Fair Play.

Ehrenreich plays Luke, who’s in a relationship with Emily (Phoebe Dynevor), which they must keep secret because of a no-fraternization policy at the hedge fund where they both work. Working in finance, both are naturally ambitious, although Luke is a bit more naked in his desires. When Emily gets promoted ahead of Luke, he is at first is supportive, but is soon unable to hide his jealousy.

Written and directed by Chloe Domont in her feature film debut, the film tracks the devolution of Luke and Emily’s relationship, going from hot and heavy to heavily antagonistic. The sexual politics at play in the story are front and center, with Emily being the lone visible woman working in an otherwise all-male office. Luke initially bristles at whispers that Emily was promoted for reasons other than her financial skills, but working as her underling starts to bring out the worst in him.

Because Luke and Emily start the film as equals, the power dynamics take on an unusual form. Emily arguably does much more for Luke after her promotion than he would for her if the roles were reversed, sometimes to her own detriment. His blindness to her helpfulness, which eventually turns to suspicion, speaks volumes about the fragile ego of many men.

Another type of reversal is the sexuality depicted in the film. Most films of this type build up to the big sex sequences, using them as a culmination of a particular relationship. But Domont starts the film with them, and uses the absence of them later on as a way to denote how much Luke and Emily have drifted from each other.

It’s understandable why Domont set the film in a hedge fund, given the disparity between men and women in the field. But the scenes in which the employees, led by boss Campbell (Eddie Marsan), talk about the intricacies of their work just don’t pop, mostly because the dense terminology feels like the characters are speaking a foreign language.

Ehrenreich and Dynevor (best known for Bridgerton) each start off great, but as the film goes along and they’re required to get increasingly histrionic, they both become less believable. Domont saves most of the drama for the film’s final act; if the film was more balanced in its ups and downs, the two leads might have been able to even out their performances as well.

Still, the film has a propulsion to it that keeps it interesting, and the intensity of the final sequence is sufficient to forgive any earlier missteps. And, unfortunately yet again for Ehrenreich, it’s Dynevor who leaves the bigger impression, making a case that she should get many more lead roles in the future.


Fair Play is now playing in select theaters; it debuts on Netflix on October 6.

Alden Ehrenreich and Phoebe Dynevor in Fair Play

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Alden Ehrenreich and Phoebe Dynevor in Fair Play.

Kendra Scott teams up with Texan style influencer for milestone breast cancer awareness collection

Wear for a cure

Kendra Scott is already a Texas charity champion, but for a new collection the lifestyle brand is kicking its philanthropy up a notch. This will be the first time an entire collection will give back, and the focus is turned to an indisputably important cause: breast cancer research.

Kendra Scott — who loves a Texas connection — is joining native Houston fashion influencer Nasreen Shahi (@heynasreen), for a limited-edition jewelry collection. It will include two necklaces, two pairs of earrings, and a bracelet, all named after Shahi's mother.

Although Shahi's mother is the muse, it is her own experience with breast cancer that ties the collection to the cause. The fashion maven was diagnosed in 2021, and it's the outpouring of community support that the collection celebrates.

"This is a difficult month for most survivors because you reflect on so much of your own journey," wrote Shahi on Instagram on October 1, commemorating the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The pieces are gold (with some silver options) and very simple, setting stones in abstract patterns meant to be layered. The centerpiece is an emerald eye of protection, a classic Middle Eastern motif. A release states that avoiding pink was intentional, but does not share why. From a wearer's perspective, it may feel refreshing to wear a breast cancer collection that isn't so literal, and doesn't invite questions about the wearer's intent or connection.

Kendra Scott x Nasreen Shahi from @heynasreen collection necklacePhoto courtesy of Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott and Shahi have been "close partners" in previous years (the influencer has been featured on the Kendra Scott blog), but this is the first collaborative collection. All pieces will result in a 20 percent donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

The Kendra Scott x Nasreen Shahi from @heynasreen collection ($55-85) is available at kendrascott.com and in Kendra Scott retail stores.