Food & Drink
Flavor File: Pearl hopes to move former Liberty Bar, new growler station opens and free cone day
Published: May 7, 2014
Minnie’s Tavern may be closing, and the leaning building that was built in the 1890s, survived the flood of 1921 and once housed Liberty Bar, might be moving down the street. The Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC) released its agenda for this Wednesday’s meeting, which featured a consent item for relocating the buildingat 328 E Josephine to 618 Avenue A (the house behind Minnie’s would also be moved, but a location hasn’t been set). The applicant, Bill Shown of Silver Ventures aka the folks behind the Pearl, also “indicated that the vacated lot will be used as future parking,” per agenda documents. Chef Andrew Weissman, the current property owner and proprietor of Minnie’s, said he’s in discussions to sell the buildings to Silver Ventures. If the sale and move both go through, Weissman would be out; if not, Minnie’s would likely stay open, though perhaps not in the current French bistro iteration, which San Antonians seem lukewarm to. The case file also recommends approving the application with the stipulation that all efforts be made to maintain the building’s iconic lean. The Pearl has successfully renovated two buildings so far (Cured and The Granary), and is working on a third which will house a boutique hotel and Jeff Balfour’s first solo restaurant, but relocating this particular building to make way for parking doesn’t really sit well. Courtney King, great-great granddaughter of original property owner Fritz Boehler, has filed a petition through change.org urging Mayor Castro, the HDRC and the Conservation Society to deny the application. As of press time, the petition had more than 100 supporters.
Other Pearl-related happenings include a book signing by Lisa Fain, of Homesick Texan fame, who will visit The Twig Book Shop (306 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 826-6411) on Wednesday, June 11. Austin’s Lick Honest Ice Creams will take over the CIA Bakery space in June. The shop is known for its fun and inventive flavors such as goat cheese, thyme and honey, and roasted beets with fresh mint.
Tide your ice cream cravings over until then with a free cone from Häagen-Dazs on May 13. Both San Antonio locations (Alamo-Menger Hotel, 214 Alamo Plaza South, (210) 226-2266 and Riverwalk—San Antonio, 207 Losoya, (210) 226-2006) will participate.
The Institute of Chili officially launched its alter ego, Chamoy City Limits (210) 744-0000). The truck will pull double duty this summer, still cranking out chili faves, but also playing the part of old school ice cream truck. Chamoy City Limits will be mobile throughout the city, playing vintage truck jingles while cranking out ginormous shaved ice and using house-made chamoy varieties.
Finally, there’s a new watering hole in town. The latest growler station to hit SA comes via GS 1221, on the bottom floor of 1221 Broadway lofts. The spot carries 30 beers from across the state on tap. Growler fills run anywhere from $8-$16.
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