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 weekly roundup of essential food news.
Openings and closings
It's the end of an era for one of San Antonio's true dining institutions. Via a Facebook message offering no further explanation, TwinSisters Bakery & Café announced the "heartbreaking" news that it was closing shop after a 43-year run. The Alamo Heights restaurant debuted in 1981, quickly becoming a neighborhood staple for its artsy décor, health-conscious fare, and community minded spirit. The post attracted scores of well-wishers, a testament to the indelible impression the café made on locals.
A colorful new concept has taken over the former home of El Bosque Mexican Restaurant at 12656 West Ave. Although Palomar Comida & Cantina opted out of a grand announcement, social media posts indicate that the eatery opened around June 15. Menu details are missing from the website, but the restaurant has featured several offerings like chocoflan, crispy enchiladas verdes, fajitas, and poblano mac 'n' cheese. Palomar also boasts a full bar with margarita flights and frozen sangria.
Wildly popular brunch spot Comfort Cafe is spreading the gospel to Leon Valley. The pay-as-you-go restaurant took to Facebook to tease the new location at 6812 Bandera Rd. #101. The nonprofit venture, completely staffed by workers in recovery, currently has two outposts in San Antonio and another in Smithville. The team newly signed the lease but hope to be operational by early August.
Continuing the recent explosion of out-of-state coffee franchises colonizing San Antonio (see PJ's, Dutch Bros et al.), Oregon-based The Human Bean is brewing up a third area location. As with the others, the new drive-through will be outside the loop at 8403 Culebra Rd. According to Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation records, construction will be completed by the end of October.
Other news and notes
Much-missed St. Mary's Strip eatery La Botánica is gearing up for a one-night-only comeback at new West Side barChiflada's. The pop-up will be part of Cura la Cruda on June 25, a Pride-themed showcase with performances by Wayne Holtz, De la O, and DJ Melon. The evening will also feature plant-based bites from Carmen Vidal and wares from Very That and Amorcito by Yari G.
June 25 is also the anniversary of Hugman's Oasis. The River Walk tiki bar is celebrating on the patio with rum cocktails, Polynesian-inspired nibbles, and vinyl deejay sets. The festivities begin at 5 pm.