A new eatery called Local Joe's Kitchen is slated to open by early summer at 205 Hopkins St., San Marcos. The new restaurant was founded by Texas native Joe Perricone, who has spent the last 30 years in Nashville, Tennessee, opening up five other concept restaurants called Local Joe's Cafe and Our Place Cafe.

The San Marcos location will have a menu that rotates daily which will offer Southern comfort food from fried chicken and prime rib to jalapeno corn bread and an array of pies and dessert, Perricone said.