Developers see Make Ready as downtown San Antonio’s next culinary destination

An artist’s rendering of Make Ready food hall and gathering spot under development in the 800 block of Broadway St. in downtown San Antonio. (Courtesy Hixon Properties)
An artist’s rendering of Make Ready food hall and gathering spot under development in the 800 block of Broadway St. in downtown San Antonio. (Courtesy Hixon Properties)

An artist’s rendering of Make Ready food hall and gathering spot under development in the 800 block of Broadway St. in downtown San Antonio. (Courtesy Hixon Properties)

A redevelopment of a downtown San Antonio commercial property will include a food hall featuring a popular local coffee vendor and a microbrewery.

According to a news release, Make Ready in the 800 block of Broadway Street is in the design phase of a project led by local developer Hixon Properties.

Plans for Make Ready call for reuse of the former Cavender Cadillac auto dealership complex, which included the so-called “make ready” building where premium brand cars received final preparations before delivery to customers, project representatives said.

Project representatives announced Mila Coffee and a bar/brewery concept by Los Angeles-based company Pouring with Heart as the first two planned tenants at Make Ready.

Mila Coffee and the yet-unnamed brewery will be among more than 10 vendors that will occupy space within Make Ready’s planned food hall, which will be complemented by large courtyards, the release said.



Mila Coffee has been operating as a mobile coffee venture for six years, currently serving patrons in a lot shared with other mobile businesses at 2202 Broadway St.

Project representatives said more details about the bar/brewery will be coming soon from Pouring with Heart, a group of community-focused bars that have sprung up in Austin, Denver and San Diego.

Project representatives said they hope Make Ready will become a gathering spot for neighborhood residents, office workers, cyclists, and passersby day and night.

Make Ready is immediately south of The Soto, the first mass timber office building in Texas. Hixon is developing adjacent properties, development company officials said.

“Our desire is to find tenants that enhance the community by providing great experiences in approachable and familiar venues,” said Hunter Kingman, vice president of acquisitions and development for Hixon Properties. “We know we have found that in Pouring with Heart and Mila Coffee. In time, Make Ready will be filled with other unique and exciting tenants offering great culinary and beverage experiences for visitors and locals alike.”

Peter Stanislaus, head of development for Pouring with Heart, said his venture quickly embraced San Antonio’s celebration of culture and community.

“In collaboration with Make Ready, we hope to create a gathering place that unites folks through imbibing, and we are eager to connect with the neighborhood,” Stanislaus said.

Mila Coffee owner Marco Cardel said he and his colleagues look forward to serving patrons who use a new bicycle track currently under construction on nearby Avenue B.

"We are thrilled to take this next step and introduce more people to our brand of coffee," Cardel said.

“Make Ready was the perfect place for our second location because of the community gathering aspect of the project, the connection to The Soto office building and other nearby businesses as well as proximity to the River Walk."

Project representatives said they expect to open Make Ready to the public in winter 2023. For details, visit www.makereadymarket.com.

By Edmond Ortiz
Edmond joined Community Impact as a reporter in August 2021, helping to launch new editions in the San Antonio market. Edmond covers various beats in the North San Antonio coverage area. He previously was the main reporter for Local Community News, covering several areas in and around San Antonio, first as a freelancer and then staff member. Prior to that, Edmond was a community news reporter for Prime Time Newspapers and the San Antonio Express-News, including editing two community weeklies. He's a San Antonio native, and studied mass communications at San Antonio College and Texas State University.