A drive-thru coffee shop, a restaurant/wine bar and an Austin-based comfort food cafe are among a handful of businesses to recently open in San Antonio.
The Human Bean, an Oregon-based chain of drive-thru coffee shops, opened a location at 25510 Bulverde Road in mid-August. The Human Bean offers a variety of traditional and specialty coffee drinks, espressos, smoothies and other non-coffee beverages. The Human Bean has multiple drive-thru storefronts in the western United States, but company officials said the chain is undergoing eastward expansion. The Human Bean is developing locations near Converse, on Marbach Road, and in New Braunfels. 830-714-4440. www.thehumanbean.com
Kerbey Lane Cafe, an Austin-based scratch kitchen/comfort food cafe, opened its first San Antonio location at 5515 N. Loop 1604 W., Ste. 103, on Aug. 15. According to a company press release, the new Kerbey Lane Cafe is in a soft opening phase, with employees undergoing training while serving diners from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The release said patrons who visit the cafe now through Aug. 28 will be treated to a 50% off special for all food and nonalcoholic beverages. However, the menu is limited, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis during the soft opening phase, the release said.
Company officials added that the north San Antonio Kerbey Lane Cafe will have its grand opening Aug. 29 and become the chain’s 11th overall location. Company officials added the cafe prides itself on sourcing its ingredients from local partners and self-sustaining, independent farms that prioritize animal welfare and environmental stewardship.
“We’ve been flippin’ pancakes and slingin’ queso for the Austin community since 1980. We are so thrilled to bring our homemade food and local comfort to our neighbors in San Antonio, where we hope to become just as quintessential to the San Antonio community as we are to our customers in Austin,” CEO Mason Ayer said in a statement. www.kerbeylanecafe.com
Vintage Wine Bar and Specialty Foods, which opened in April at The Alley on Bitters retail center, 555 W. Bitters Road, said it is introducing more periodical activities and special events for visitors to enjoy, including wine and cider tastings. Vintage also has Puzzle Sundays, when patrons can assemble puzzles provided to them, and take advantage of wine specials from noon-5 p.m.
Customers at the Hill Country Village wine bar/shop may choose from varieties of wine to enjoy on-site or to take home. Vintage also offers charcuterie and cheese boards, olives, pates, mustards and other items. 210-267-1872. www.facebook.com/Vintage-Wine-Bar-Speciality-Foods-112259627892262
Rock & Brews, a national chain of rock 'n' roll-themed restaurants, opened its second San Antonio location in August at 5702 Landmark Parkway.
Rock & Brews restaurants feature a family-friendly concert environment with picnic table seating, concert lighting, projection screens showing iconic rock concerts and a “Great Wall of Rock” tribute to rock music legends. The menu has a variety of comfort food and craft beers.
A smaller version of Rock & Brews operates locally at the AT&T Center during Spurs’ home games and special events. 726-213-7625. www.facebook.com/RockandBrewsSanAntonio
Flume Pizzeria and Wine Bar opened in August on the Riverwalk at 200 S. Alamo St., offering menu items with ingredients sourced from Texas farms, wineries and breweries, ranging from fruits and vegetables to wild yeast used in pizza dough.
According to a news release, the word “flume” is an old French/English word meaning “river.” Company officials said Flume is the only fire-oven pizza restaurant located on the Riverwalk. www.flumepizzeria.com