Editor’s note: We understood. It can be hard to keep up with the fast pace of San Antonio’s restaurant and bar scene. We’ve got you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.
Openings and closings
Michel Sohocki is back after closing its pioneer Gwendolyn Restaurant and the downtown location of the ramen shop Kimura in December. On January 11, the busy leader reintroduced Kimura to the former Five local points space at 1017 N. Flores St. Then, on January 15, he quietly cut the ribbon on Dashboard bar in the attic of the same building. The latter specializes in “classic European cocktails with Japanese techniques”, such as Crazy 88 with yaupon gin, matcha syrup, lemon and sparkling wine and a bramble cocktail with colored butterfly pea powder.
La Fogata expanded its footprint with a third location in Alamo Heights. Appointed Canteen La Fogata, the new outpost took over the former home of Food, at 1133 Austin Hwy., also owned by the restaurateur Patrick Richardson.
Los Angeles-based channel Mochinut revealed its latest location in San Antonio in a Jan. 7 Instagram post. Located at 19202 Stone Oak Pkwy., the store serves breaded Korean hot dogs, milk teas, and Hawaiian-style mochi donuts, a hybrid of American pastry with rice flour.
Austin import Kung Fu Lounge opened its first San Antonio location on January 14 at 5531 N. Loop 1604 W. in the Rim Crossing Entertainment District. The playful concept bills itself as a “vintage arcade bar,” complete with Skee Ball, karaoke rooms, and a pixelated aesthetic inspired by classics like Pac man and donkey kong. Guests can also expect plenty of beer and a cocktail menu rich in flavored spirits.
Those who need a break from the endless supply of Alamo City breakfast tacos (hey, it happens!) now have a new spot in Southtown for the morning meal. The breakfast truck, a new mobile restaurant at the Hub Mrkt at 1203 S. Alamo St., debuted Jan. 10 with a menu that includes breakfast sandwiches, traditional egg plates and caffeine from locals. Failed coffee.
Other news and notes
HEB won another accolade, this time from Dunnhumby’s Annual Retailer Preference Index: US Grocery Channel Edition. The international research firm ranked the hometown heroes second on its list of the best grocers in the United States. The top spot went to Amazon, proving only that much of the nation has yet to be introduced to the singular charms of HE-Buddy.
Lone Star distilleries will once again be featured as Texas Whiskey Festival returns on May 13 and 14. Held at Star Hill Ranch, the affair includes a seated tasting of rare whiskeys on the Friday of the event and a more casual sip and stroll event on Saturday. Tickets, ranging from a $20 designated driver pass to a $215 two-day pass, are on sale now.