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With a new location now open on West Sunset, The Wash Tub is taking extra safety precautions in order to keep ‘09ers looking good on the road.

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Ben & Gwynn Deaver are used to crazy, stressful times but the pandemic has been a real eye-opener for them on what is truly important for their family of four.

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January Happy New Year! I was looking back at the January 2020 issue and noticed that the first line of my Editor’s letter was, “2020 sounds a little strange, doesn’t it?” At that point, I don’t think any of us could’ve ever dreamed just how strange it would really be! Although there were some good things that came out of 2020, now that it’s 2021, hopefully 2020 will just become a distant memory. There’s a new car wash in 78209. Our Business Profile spotlights The Wash Tub on Sunset. They do a great job of taking care of your car and making it sparkly clean. Aside from the great car washes, I love being able to pick up last-minute gifts or cards while I’m waiting on my car. You’ll meet the Deaver family in this issue. Ben and Gwynn Deaver love living in Alamo Heights. Even though their two children have quite a while before they get to high school, the Deaver’s have fully embraced the football games and other activities. It’s the sense of community that they love so much. This month we are featuring a quaint little neighborhood Italian restaurant that serves up the most delicious pizza made in their Napoleon pizza oven. Braza Brava is known not just for their pizza but for a wide variety of Italian food, all made with the freshest ingredients. If you order the fettuccini alfredo, you are in for a real treat. But you’ll have to see it for yourself; I don’t want to spoil it for you. Wishing one another a prosperous and healthy new year holds a whole new meaning now. I’m not sure what is in store for us in 2021, but I do know that we’re holding our families a little closer and not taking the little things for granted. That’s something wonderful that has come out of all of this. Wishing you good health, love, joy and peace in the new year,



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CHRISTIE CUTHBERT RON EISENBURG Writer Writer Christie Cuthbert is the author of “Mom! I Farted in Church” and host of the “Laughing All the Way” podcast. She has been a journalist for 17 years in between raising four boys, including a set of triplets. She also writes for the Today Show, Scary Mommy and formerly Alamo City Moms. Her second publication, a children’s book called “The Mischief Makers” comes out in 2021. She has a degree in journalism from California State University, Chico and has received numerous writing awards, including “Best Column” from the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. She can be found at christiecuthbert. com or on Instagram @ christiecuthbert

Ron may be the ultimate renaissance man; an educator, writer, radio talk show host, media and PR specialist, award winning film producer, and daddy. Many folks also know him as a top-rated radio talk show host on San Antonio radio stations KTSA, 760 The Ticket, and WOAI. And he hosted talk shows on WRC, Washington D.C., and WCAU, Philadelphia. In the non-profit sector, Ron was the first male in America to serve as executive director of a Rape Crisis Center. He and his wife, Gina Galaviz Eisenberg, live in San Antonio. They adopted three children: Reagan, born in 2011, and twin boys, Carter & Kennedy, born in 2013. He also has two older sons, Mitch and Chris.

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Half Texan on her mother’s side, Meredith was born and raised in Southern California, where she graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Advertising. She has called San Antonio home for over 25 years now and is raising a son and a daughter as a single mom with a pack of rescue dogs. An incurable foodie with an insatiable case of wanderlust, she has travelled the world, and had the opportunity to live in Germany and France, where she was opening cast member at EuroDisney. She is passionate about writing, cooking, soccer, landscaping, music of all genres, and never misses an opportunity to go to a concert. Meredith is usually the loudest person in the room, and she is always up for new adventures and experiences.

Berit Mason has been a reporter - anchor for WOAI 1200 AM Radio, a contributor to the San Antonio Business Journal, a writer for SA Scene magazine, and for San Antonio Woman. She has been writing the “Ask Roxie” column since 2016. Berit also worked in T.V., as a reporter - anchor in West Texas and in Waco, where she was a RIAS Berlin Commission German - American Exchange Journalist, starting her career interning with CNN Washington. She is a frequent traveler to Scandinavia, where her mother was from. Her father was an author of military aviation history. Berit loves animals, and was raised in a family who preferred to acquire the family dog, from among the many homeless pups roaming San Antonio streets.

Al Rendon photographs the homes seen in 78209 Magazine. “A room is four walls until someone moves in the first object. People choose their environment and the decor in a room to express their personality. The room expresses the family’s taste, and the unique homes of 78209 are very tastefully detailed. My photographs use light to bring a home’s personality to life. When I raise the camera and focus on a room’s view, I am composing to express its owners’ personality in the best light.” He has had more than a dozen major solo exhibits, and his work is in such permanent collections as the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

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It’s the ultimate Pas de Deux when 15-year-old AHHS Sophomore Kate Thomas makes not one but two splashes overseas. First, the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio (CBSA) student was recently named a finalist in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne competition held annually in Lausanne, Switzerland. This nationally renowned event is a resumebuilding opportunity for young dancers ages 15-18 who wish to pursue a professional career in classical ballet. Only 83 of the coveted finalist positions are available, and with close to 400 of the top dancers across 43 countries vying for the top spots, the competition is fierce. Thanks to years of training with The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio under the watchful eye of founder and fivetime Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Outstanding Teacher award winner Vanessa Bessler, Thomas was ready. This award comes on the heels of Thomas’s invitation 14 JANUARY 2021 | 78209magazine.com

to attend the Royal Ballet of London, where she was scheduled to begin in September. Due to Covid restrictions, however, Thomas had to postpone her studies abroad until January. “The chance to study in London and expand my knowledge of ballet is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” she says with enthusiasm. “When I found out I was accepted, I didn’t believe it was real.” Thomas has been dancing with Bessler and the CBSA since the age of seven, and in that time, has received numerous scholarships to such prestigious schools as the Bolshoi Ballet, Ballet West in Utah, Houston Ballet, and the Colorado Ballet Academy, to name a few. A three-time first place winner at the YAGP Regionals, the talented performer was among the top 24 dancers in the world invited to the final round at Lincoln Center, New York for several years.

Green Vegetarian Leaving Moving from the Pearl to Alamo Quarry Market

Green Vegetarian Cuisine is moving to the Alamo Quarry Market. It plans to open the new location the second week of January. The restaurant had been at the Pearl at 200 E. Grayson Street, where parking has been a major hassle for customers. With its lease ending, the time seemed right for the move. Green will be taking over the 2,800 square feet space formerly occupied by 29 Wine Bar at the Quarry. Green’s is also located at the Alon, on NW Military Highway. Mike Behrend owns Green Vegetarian. He is also the co-owner of Earth Burger, which features veggie burgers.

Local Bakery to open Full-Service Restaurant in Quarry Village

La Panadería recently announced plans to open a fullservice restaurant in the Quarry Village. David and Jose Cáceres, the brothers behind the popular San Antonio bakery and restaurant, La Panadería, told 78209 Magazine, the new restaurant will feature authentic Mexicocity dishes. El Morita Kitchen will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It will also offer a Sunday brunch. The brothers will reveal the new menu and location for the restaurant in the next few months. La Panadería currently has two locations, 8305 Broadway near Loop 410 and downtown at 301 E. Houston Street.

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In the Loop Robbery and Assault in Terrell Hills Leads to Warning from Alamo Heights Police Chief

The Terrell Hills Police Department is actively investigating an assault and robbery that took place around 10 pm on December 7. Terrell Hills police reported, “The victim was walking in the 300 blk. of Terrell Rd. when he was approached by two subjects who tried to start a conversation. The victim crossed the street to maintain social distance when the subjects followed him, and forcibly demanded his property. The victim was physically assaulted during the process and his property taken. The subjects fled on foot.” In light of that incident, Alamo Heights police chief Richard Pruitt issued guidelines for Alamo Heights residents who are outside after dark. “While this appears to be an isolated incident, residents are reminded to stay vigilant and alert while walking, especially after dark.” Chief Pruitt urged residents to report suspicious activity immediately. “If you’re ever approached by someone who makes you feel unsafe or otherwise find yourself in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, do not hesitate to call 911 immediately.” 16 JANUARY 2021 | 78209magazine.com

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othing is more of an ultimate mood changer than having your car professionally cleaned inside and out, and the employees at the family-owned-and-operated Wash Tub car wash want that entire experience to be great.

When customers walk into one of their three 78209 locations, they’ll be welcomed with exceptional hospitality while they wait for their vehicle to have a complete interior and exterior cleaning. “We pride ourselves on our full-service experience,” Vice President Gary Stinnett said. “We are passionate about creating a positive experience for the customer from start to finish. We take care of cleaning the entire vehicle while the customer enjoys complimentary coffee, shopping in our gift boutique, or taking advantage of our free wi-fi, all from the comfort of our lobby or shaded patios. It’s a full-service experience.” The boutique shopping offered at Wash Tub is like no other. From amazing scented candles and hilarious cocktail napkins to clothing and car accessories, customers can pick up a gift for themselves or someone else while passing the time. Founded in the 1980s by Al and Dorothy Vizza, the Wash Tub now has more than 25 locations throughout San Antonio. They acquired the site at Hildebrand and Broadway in 1990, then opened the Austin Highway location in 2004. In September, a third ‘09 location was opened at 323 West Sunset, and what’s fun about bringing your car for a cleaning is the sense of community you’ll find. Many Wash Tub employees have been serving the community for decades, and they also employ a lot of ‘09 teens, so customers may run into a neighbor or high schooler from down the street.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a lot of team members with 10, 15, 20, and 25 plus years of experience working with us in all positions,” Executive Vice President Javier Rodriguez said. “We always have a base of young team members, a lot of times it is their first job, or a job while they are working through high school or college.” Since the pandemic began, the Wash Tub has made procedural changes in the way it cleans. When a guest arrives, the inside of their car is fogged out with a product that disinfects their vehicle before the staff begins working. Once the car has been cleaned, all vehicle touchpoints have been redisinfected before delivery back to the guest, including the door handles, steering wheel, gear shift, and engine start. The guest’s keys are also disinfected and handed to them on a paper towel. “We have found that this disinfection process really gives our guests some peace of mind when they come to get their car washed,” Rodriguez said. “We are mindful and take pride in keeping our guest’s car safe and disinfected.” The Wash Tub also helps with fundraising opportunities for schools and youth groups, offering gift card sales with 50 percent profit rates. The company also gives back to many local non-profits, including the Salvation Army, Special Olympics Texas, Down Syndrome Association of South Texas, San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, and the San Antonio Food Bank.

From amazing scented candles and hilarious cocktail napkins to clothing and car accessories, customers can pick up a gift for themselves or someone else while passing the time.

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The Deavers Living a Purpose Driven Life BY CHRISTIE CUTHBERT PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON 20 JANUARY 2021 | 78209magazine.com


en Deaver had only been on a few dates with his now-wife, Gwynn when he mentioned he was going to buy a new car. He was headed to the North Park Lincoln dealership, and little did he know her father was the general manager.

We have such a sense of community here. We all walk over to the games together, and our kids love it.

“He came in there with workout pants and sneakers and mentioned to the salesman that he’s taking a girl out on a date that night,” Gwynn said. “When he mentioned my name, the salesman said, ‘I’ll be right back.’ He came back with my Dad, who said, ‘I hear you’re taking my daughter out.’ My Dad was in a three-piece suit. We joke now about how my Dad probably felt OK about us dating because he was able to see his credit score.” Ben and Gwynn married in 2010, and the following year bought a home, had their daughter, Riley, now 9, and wound up doing a full remodel. “When we look back at that time, it was definitely stressful, but I think we really enjoyed getting to make something of our own. We learned each other’s strengths and boundaries. We ended up getting pregnant with our son, Greyson, during the remodel, so that added to the craziness as well.” The Deavers still live in the home, which is across the way from Alamo Heights High School, something they love. On Friday nights, their family, along with neighbors, tailgate before the football games and walk over together. “When we bought in this location, we were focused solely on the schools, and we assumed it would be difficult with traffic,” Gwynn said. “We had no idea how awesome it would be. We have such a sense of community here. We all walk over to the games together, and our kids love it.” Spending time together on the weekends as a family has become a priority since the pandemic began in March.

Gwynn said before the shutdown, her family was far too busy fulfilling obligations that, in the big picture of life, didn’t matter. “It’s been really eye-opening in a positive way,” she said. “There’s no need to be so busy and scheduled all the time. There was no value in what we were doing, where now we put value in everything we’re doing.” Ben is a Senior Manager of Corporate Business Intelligence at Rush Enterprises during the workweek, and Gwynn is the Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Broadway Bank. Gwynn also sits on the board at Alpha Home; a non-profit focused on addiction recovery and healing for women. “It called to me because I love their focus on keeping families together,” she said. “A lot of patients they see have families that depend on them, and their goal is to get healthy.” Both Riley and Greyson attend the Spanish immersion program at Cambridge Elementary and are involved in Cub Scouts and dance. Their hectic work weeks make the Deaver’s weekend retreats to their beach house in Port Aransas and their ranch near Batesville that much sweeter. The foursome also loves to cook together, play board games, and hang out with their rescue Labrador Retrievers, Eliza and Sam. The shutdown has opened our eyes to just how valuable our time together as a family is,” Gwynn said. “It’s really helped us recognize what’s truly important.” 78209magazine.com | JANUARY 2021 21


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November Total Sales- 29 Home Sales The following are $549,841   home sales for Alamo Heights Average PriceISD and North East ISD in ZIP code 78209 for November. Median Price- $399,987 Source: San Antonio Board of REALTORS® DOM- 122 The following are home sales for Alamo Heights ISD and North East ISD in 78209 78209: in Alamo Heights ISD: ZIP 78209 Totalcode Sales45 18 for February. Total SalesSource: San Antonio REALTORS® Average Price$578,591 |Board Medianof Price$420,000 Average Price$675,888

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Good Living

Is Your House Closing in on You?

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So, you’ve been cramped into your home with your people for months. Even if you’ve ventured out into the world, it’s not the same one we all knew last December. You feel a little rougher for the wear. As distanced as we have all become, there doesn’t seem to be enough room. I spy neighbors sweating it out in their garage between the second fridge and the “good car.” My sister and brother-in-law converted their guest suite into a home office/Murphy bedroom. They hang those “Shhhhh. Dad’s working” signs on the door handle when he’s on a zoom meeting. My sweet niece and nephews still manage to make guest appearances. There’s a new business in town called Some Elbow Room. They build small offices, she-sheds, man-caves, pods, studios, and suites that’ll knock your socks off. Between losing our footing in the housing industry and my insane power of persuasion, we found ourselves building the mother of all she-sheds in our backyard. Not to brag, but I get a bit of the princess treatment. When I insisted on a studio out back, my husband delivered. I’d always dreamed of having 24 JANUARY 2021 | 78209magazine.com

my own little space to do anything I wanted, to decorate as I pleased. To use how I pleased. To get away from everyone and pretend I was in my own little world. I envisioned dirt or cement floors with metal or cedar walls—something like a fort that I could shabby-chic to my heart’s content. What I got was like walking into a dream. My she-shed was more like another room in our home. It was climate-controlled and had insulated walls. There was electricity, 4” baseboards, transom windows, huge french doors, and gorgeous waterproof floors. The exterior looks like a modern home with galvanized metal siding and stained tongue and groove pine. He put in a stylish pendant light and a German schemer feature wall that I just love. I’ve decked my new space out with European style exercise equipment that makes excellent use of vertical space. It’s made with warmtoned wood and leather materials and is perfect for Pilates. The other side stores all of my art supplies with a small desk and comfortable chair facing the window. It’s heaven. Clients purpose their Elbow Rooms for everything from a laundry room to a music studio to pool houses. One of our greatest joys is hearing the different ways people plan to use their extra space. While we haven’t seen anyone put it to action yet, the idea of a dedicated backyard bar seems to be the most popular to date. We hear from customers looking for ways to socialize safely in their backyards. They envision large decks, fire pits, several groups of outdoor furniture, and a space offering that little bit of shelter for those moments of private conversation, a nap, media room, kids’ arcade, or wine and cigar rooms. Bringing the indoors to the outside is trending large on the minds of our clients. They want to be near one another and their kids, but not so near that it’s uncomfortable. Sometimes they just want to close the door and play their baby grand piano inside their soundproofed studio while their spouse peacefully gardens out front. One client included a 220v electric socket for his kiln. He sits in his studio, working on his pottery, having a drink on the deck with his wife, and enjoying the expansive view of the Bulverde landscape from their perch. Others are searching for the slightly larger spaces with airy windows and garage-style doors as places to meet up with their bubble for book clubs, poker nights, or, my personal favorite, Dungeons, and Dragons games. It’s times like now that we realize that we need not only extra room for work, thinking, and hobbies, but extra space for friends and family that flows into our new expanse of socialization. We don’t always find it in a nook or closet. It’s that willingness to build in some elbow room that leads to greater peace of mind and a sense of community. 78209magazine.com | JANUARY 2021 25

Neighborhood News Backyard Chickens Not Welcome in Alamo Heights


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Owners of backyard chickens seeking approval from the Alamo Heights city council to raise chickens lost out when the council refused to amend the city ordinance that bans chickens and other animals. As a result, the households with chickens that code compliance is aware of will receive a new notice giving them 30 days to re-home the birds. If they are not re-

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homed by the end of that timeframe, the city will discuss the matter with the homeowners but will likely implement a fine until they comply. Council debated the issue for more than an hour at its December 14 meeting. The debate centered on noise. It’s not clear as of this writing whether any of the backyard chicken families will seek to challenge the ordinance in court.

AH Stray Dogs Have New Shelter On December 14, the Alamo Heights City Council approved extending an agreement with Pup Pup & Away to continue sheltering and training stray dogs picked up in the City of Alamo Heights. The new agreement continues the relationship AH has had with Pup Pup since last January. In December 2019, the shelter housing strays from the area, Alamo Heights Kennel Club, closed, leaving the city with few options to board stray dogs pending adoption. That problem was solved with Stephanie Garza opened Pup Pup & Away in January 2020. Garza is the owner and trainer at the facility. Garza told me, “The arrangement with Alamo Heights provides Scout, an Alamo Heights Animal Care Services rescue is seen here at Pup Pup & Away. boarding at Pup Pup and some training to make the dogs more Garza started dog training in 2013 when he was adoptable. I also help Angie Marzec that dogs need to be working in a training facility in Houston. She got matched to their to prospective adopters.” Marzec is Alamo Heights’ director of Animal Control. Garza added, “We’ve housed certification from The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a trainer, and she 15 to 20 dogs since last January. Folks can come to Pup Pup to continues to train dogs in San Antonio. see the dogs up for adoption.” 78209magazine.com | JANUARY 2021 27

Neighborhood News

Olmos Park Seeks Donations to Help Pay for Expenses Associated with Rounding up Stray Dogs

The City of Olmos Park budgeted $5,000 in 2020 so that Eagle Veterinary Clinic, on McCullough, can care for the stray dogs and cats picked up by the Olmos Park Police Department from calls received by or dropped off by Olmos Park residents. These costs, according to the city, are escalating annually. To help defray some of the city’s costs and cover outof-pocket expenses paid for by Eagle Veterinary Clinic for pet adoptions, shots, and more, the City has established a STRAY ANIMAL FUND. They are asking residents to consider donating to this fund so that the City can use these dollars for other needs in the City. Residents can drop off or mail a check payable to the City of Olmos Park with the memo line indicating the donation is for the STRAY ANIMAL FUND. According to the Olmos Pak Annual Budget, around $200 was donated in 2020.

AH Kids Win Spot to Ride Bikes For kids who want to ride their bikes in Alamo Heights, there are few options other than riding in the street, which, of course, poses dangers to young bike riders. So, when the city council met on December 14, they approved the temporary use of the parking lot north of the AH Bark Park for bicycle use through February 8, 2021, with a promise to find a permanent site, AH kids and their parents who attended the council meeting were overjoyed. There’s no word yet where that permanent site will be, but the pledge to make it happen satisfied everyone.

AH City Council Tables Emergency Tornado Siren As reported in 78209 Magazine in November 2020, AH Fire Chief Michael Gdovin is seeking funding for an emergency tornado warning siren. After listening to area residents’ concerns about the noise from the siren’s weekly testing, the city council voted to table the funding until its next council meeting. Council asked the chief to investigate whether fewer tests were possible to reduce noise. Chief Gdovin agreed to do so and will report his findings back to the council.

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Students have overcome many challenges resulting from living and learning through a pandemic. One of the ways that allowed them to share in a traditional experience, was the creation of the Spirit Showcase. The event featured AHHS cheer, Spurs, twirlers, color guard, Posse and band, provided a bit of normalcy and celebration. The showcase was held on the football field at Alamo Heights High School and entrance fees, canned food items donated by attendees allowed for fundraising for the San Antonio Food Bank. Community members also donated money and, at the end of the night, $3,390 was raised for the organization. The night was also special because senior members of the groups were recognized with their parents. “It was fulfilling to receive recognition as a senior for all the hard work over the past four years,” senior Emily Bond said. “It was a memorable night.” The band formed a semi-circle around the field and played the songs they play for football games and competitions. The Spurs Dance Team was also at the showcase to perform. They performed multiple dances and routines, 30 JANUARY 2021 | 78209magazine.com

providing energy, creativity and talent to the showcase. The girls performed their annual dance with their parents to Sweet Caroline, a long-standing tradition at AHHS. Cheer performed their competition Game Day routine at the event in order to show their routine to parents and members of the community who couldn’t make it to their regional competition the following weekend. “I think our team performed really well for our first time doing the routine full out in front of a crowd,” senior Spencer Henderson said. “It was a really good practice before our competition and gave us more confidence.” The showcase was student led, meaning the captains of the dance, cheer and band teams announced the performing groups. Also, the audience was able to watch color guard and the twirlers perform and they were recognized with their parents. “It was exciting to present what we’ve been working on to our friends and family,” senior Brooke Rohweder said. “It might not have been the most conventional setting, but I’m happy to be back and performing again with the band.”

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Alamo Heights Junior School (AHJS) strings musicians found a unique way to support the Snack Pak 4 Kids initiative that supports their school. They launched their first-ever String-A-Thon. Students were asked to work towards a goal of practicing every day for 21-days. Orchestra Director, Kathy Murdock, inspired students with the fact that 20 practices make a habit, a great tip for all growing musicians. Students set their goals and then collected pledges for those goals. As the students progressed through the String-A-Thon, they collectively celebrated individual student accomplishments to keep the energy and momentum moving forward. The group raised just over $3,000 during the String-A-Thon, with half of the proceeds benefitting the AHJS Snack Pak 4 Kids Program and the remainder benefitting the AHJS Orchestra Program. Snack Pak 4 Kids was created to provide weekend food supplements to students who are identified by their teachers, creating food SECURITY for them over the weekend. With the support of partners, donors and volunteers of all ages, Snack Pak 4 Kids San Antonio works hard to be a learning enhancement tool for these kids, solving their weekend hunger issue so they can learn during the school week.

AHISD NAMES CAMPUS TEACHERS OF THE YEAR Alamo Heights ISD announced the Campus Teachers of the Year for each of the district’s five campuses. Alamo Heights Junior School, Campus AHHS’s Theater Teacher, Bryan Stanton, Teacher of the Year honoree, Michael was excited to learn that he was named Honorees were selected by their McElrath, celebrates the honor of being Campus Teacher of the Year! peers and will represent the campus named the campus Teacher of the Year by throughout 2021. Honorees included: her colleagues. Bryan Stanton, Alamo Heights High School; Michael McElrath, Alamo Heights Junior School; Carly Leech, Howard Early Childhood Center; Mariana Medaris, Cambridge Elementary; and, Barbara Iverson, Woodridge Elementary. The candidates will complete for the title of District Teacher of the Year, which will be awarded in January, during the board meeting set for Thursday, January 21, at 6 pm. The district honoree will move on to compete for the Trinity Prize and Region 20 ESC Teacher of the Year


This years Mules soccer team doesn’t have a home stadium for games because of construction. because of the construction, the Mules do not have a home stadium for games. The teams’ practices are in the morning or after school depending on the schedule and with all of the ongoing construction, the players head to Cambridge, Woodridge or Alamo Heights Junior School for practice. “It’s upsetting not having a home stadium for my senior season because whenever you play away, not that many people come to the games,” senior Defensive Midfielder Kennedy Massey said. “When we practice, we have to drive to a different field and it just makes things more difficult for us, but I am so grateful to be able to play and have a season with my team.” Coach Chris Sharp leads the girls’ team while Coach Christopher Perez leads the boys. Both coaches have worked 32 JANUARY 2021 | 78209magazine.com

hard getting their teams ready for the 2020-21 season after last season’s cancellation because of COVID-19. “I’m really excited to be able to play this year since our season last year was cut short,” junior Right-Wing Parker Johnson said. “This year we lost some key components from our roster but we had some new guys come in and they blended in really well.” Both the boys and girls began their season on December 10 with the boys playing Southwest and the girls facing Johnson. The Lady Mules are very confident in their team’s ability and are sure they will come home with a win. “We have been working really hard and I think teams are going to be coming after us,” junior Outsider Defender Annette Mickler said. “This year we have mostly upperclassmen on our team. There are a few lower classmen but they fit in really nice and the senior are great leaders and role models.”

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Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) celebrated one of its honored traditions in November, the annual Founders’ Day. Despite the current challenges, SMH was able to successfully and safely hold the event on campus and virtually. A number of community members attended, including seniors, with a six foot distance between seats and masks worn for safety. The rest of the student body and faculty watched the streamed event from their classrooms and homes. This unique occasion recognizes a person or family whose faith, vision, and determination have made a lasting impact on the school. Though SMH did not have an honoree this year, the school carried this tradition forward with an official installation of Head of School Len Miller and the presentation of Master Teacher Awards. During the ceremony, Mr. Miller

was presented with symbolic gifts, including a compass, lapel pin, book, and SMH spirit wear. “Thank you for this opportunity to serve you in the best way that I can,” said Mr. Miller. “I want every member of this community to feel that deep sense of belonging that elicits pride in this institution that our founders undoubtedly felt over the storied history of this great school.” Mr. Miller also presented the Master Teacher Awards to four deserving faculty members. Since 2002, teachers who have distinguished themselves through exemplary service to the SMH community and through extraordinary instruction have been awarded the title of Master Teacher. The 20202021 Master Teachers included Social Studies and Science Teacher Mary Scherrer (Lower School), Prentice Huntington

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Miller & Reid Huntington Miller Endowed Chair of World Languages and Cultures and Spanish Teacher Laura Renard (Middle School), Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Master Chair in History and Social Studies Teacher Bret Bigelow (Upper School), and Drawing and Painting Teacher Logan Blanco (At-Large, Upper School). These exceptional teachers show true passion for the students, community, and mission of Saint Mary’s Hall.


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The Circle School is internationally designated as an Ashoka Changemaker School for cultivating students with the skills and confidence to change the world for the common good. Changemaker projects are always an integral part of our curriculum and our school culture, but especially this year. 2020 has given us many challenges to transform into opportunities to hone these skills. In November, our Circle School Changemakers led a food drive for the San Antonio Food Bank. Students hand delivered flyers to our neighbors to encourage participation and ultimately collected five barrels of non-perishable food items. Our small but mighty cooperative community proudly delivered six-hundred and sixty-seven pounds of food and $1,090 in monetary donations to the San Antonio Food Bank! Each dollar donated to the food bank equals ten pounds of food for San Antonio area families. For our students, this project modeled the changemaking power of love and compassion to support the needs of our community.


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Fun Things to Do In and Around 78209

TRAVELING EXHIBIT: BEAUTIFUL MINDS — DYSLEXIA AND THE CREATIVE ADVANTAGE DOSEUM, NOW THROUGH MARCH 28, 2021 Explore the successes of those who think and thought outside the box when faced with the challenges of dyslexia and learn about some of the tools and resources for diagnosis and pathways to success. thedoseum.org DEMO & DINE: CITRUS WITH A TEXAS TWIST CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL JANUARY | 6 6:30 PM-8:00 PM In this 1 1/2 hour class, you can sit back and relax while our instructors show you how to make this menu of citrusy and delicious dishes with a Texas twist. centralmarket.com

INHABITING SAN ANTONIO: EXPLORING THE PEOPLE AND PLANTS OF THIS PLACE BOTANICAL GARDENS SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 | 10 AM-12 PM This workshop will look at the historical landscapes of San Antonio, TX specifically around the plants and people that have inhabited it and how their impact is reflected in the city and even world today. This workshop will use the Botanical Garden’s three Native Trails and the Family Adventure Garden to examine people’s relationships with place and plants and consciously incorporating these relationships into future design. This presentation will include classroom discussion as well as a walk through the Garden for a more detailed and interactive conversation. Sabot.org

MAKE & TAKE: FILLED PASTAS CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL JANUARY 9 | 11:00 AM-1:00 PM You’ll sample all three pastas while we show you how easy it is to make homemade dough. Then, you’ll practice filling and forming three traditional pastas and we’ll suggest sauces to complement each one. centralmarket.com

SEAFOOD & CITRUS: A PERFECT PAIRING CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL JANUARY 15 | 6:30 PM-8:30 PM We’ll show you how to make a variety of quick and easy dishes with one thing in common - the lively flavors of citrus that provide interest and balance to any meal that features seafood. centralmarket.com

SUSHI & SAKE PARTY CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL JANUARY 22 | 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Discover how to make the proper rice; learn a little about the varieties of sushi and the condiments that enhance them; and have fun making your own. We’ll pair two sakes with your selections. centralmarket.com

DEMO & DINE: THAI BASICS CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL JANUARY 26 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM Explore the flavors of Thailand in this 1-1/2 hour class. Our instructors will show you how to make each recipe while you sit back and relax. You’ll sample each dish and learn a little about pairing wine with these Thai favorites. centralmarket.com

THE ETHNOBOTANY OF NATIVE PLANTS WALKING WORKSHOP BOTANICAL GARDENS THURSDAY, JANUARY 28 | 10 AM–11:30 AM For thousands of years Texas plants have been used for sustenance, medicine, and the establishment of the area as we know. As the region and its populations changed, so did the ethnobotany (the relationship between people and plant). This seasonally changing tour will explore the three Texas Native Trails, exploring the diverse relationships people have had, and still have, with plants in Texas. Sponsored by San Antonio Waster System. Sabot.org MAKE & TAKE: A CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE BOARD CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL JANUARY 30 | 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Our experts will provide insight into the cheeses, salami, and tasty accompaniments while showing you how to create a spectacular presentation. As you sip on a glass of wine, you will have a chance to follow our lead or go rogue to create your own edible masterpiece with the ingredients provided. You’ll take your work of art with you at the end of class. centralmarket.com

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Editor’s Pick FAMILY FLASHLIGHT NIGHT BOTANICAL GARDENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 MEMBER ADMISSION AT 5:30 PM │GENERAL ADMISSION 6 – 8:30 PM Bring your flashlight and experience the nocturnal side of the garden with the family. Explore the Botanical Garden by moonlight, find your way through the light maze, as well as enjoy hands-on activities and fun tours. Drinks, food and DIY s’mores kits available for purchase. Sabot.org 36 JANUARY 2021 | 78209magazine.com

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their phone. We just have a conversation!” Bella and Bonnie are a volunteer team with Pups n' Planes, where “comfort” dogs and their owners offer distressed travelers a little sugar. “People are waiting, their flight has been canceled, or they may have a four-hour wait, and they are upset.” “One time, two little girls stopped to pet the dog, and I looked up, and the mother was crying. Her husband was being deployed. I spent probably a half-hour with them, and the dad thanked me so many times because it got them thinking about other things,” Bonnie says. Airport staffers implemented the idea after learning how well it worked at the Los Angeles International Airport. Pups n' Planes has been reducing blood pressure and turning frowns upside down for six years. “In the car, she knows that we are almost at the airport. She gets so excited! Her job is to make people smile. She does that job.” And if you saw Bella, you would smile, too. The girl team also spends time at the airport USO, softening the loneliness and longing of our troops, so familiar to military life. While Bella offers kisses, Canine Explosive Detection Supervisor Sgt. Andres Lopez, and his police dog Keyno, provide safety and security. “We are there to make sure that the traveling public is safe, the dog makes that any threats associated with aviation there aren’t real threats,” says the airport K9 police officer. Lopez and Keyno “nose around," sniffing out threats that could come from a parked car, a suitcase, or a person. “Dogs are about as mobile as you can get,” says Lopez. He means the nose is mobile.

Bella is a volunteer with Pups n' Planes, the airport greeting committee. She wears her little pink coat, cheering up tired travelers at the  San Antonio International Airport.

Workin' for a Living! Dogs with PUPPY Jobs THAT IN THE WINDOW IS NOW A RESCUE BY BERIT MASON New City Ordinance Will Combat Puppy Mills

The San Antonio International Airport is HUGE! BY BERIT MASON It recently broke a record, flying some 15,000 people A DAY, for a total of 10.36 million passengers in 2019. Beginning January 1, San Antonio pet stores are only Passengers most certainly frequent the airport, but pups do too. allowed to sell rescue and shelter pets. Meet Bella. This is a new San Antonio ordinance passed last fall to Bella is a petite dog with light, wavy hair, offering everyone help stop puppy mill profiteering. she meets the sweetest smile. Several hours a week, Bella and “Puppy mills have no place in our society. It was heartening owner Bonnie Gioiello roam the airport, searching out the tired, to the and results a local survey showing the vast majority thesee weary, the of bored. of San Antonio residents supported ban on puppy “If they look up and smile, they arethis a dog lover. If they don't,

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In a plea to the San Antonio City Council and Mayor Ron Nirenberg last fall, Coyle explained that “pet stores are importing hundreds of dogs into San Antonio from out of state. These puppies, taken from their mothers too early, are trucked into our city from states like Missouri and Iowa.” Bringing in out of state animals on top of the 1,000 pets Airport therapy dogs help soothe people who may be upset because of a a month surrendered locally to our sheltersflight. was making long wait, delayed or cancelled matters worse. And puppy mills are a racket.

“A humane pet store ordinance protects consumers from being manipulated into predatory lending/financing schemes allowing any person, even those with bad credit, to purchase a puppy with a sticker price of several thousand dollars only to be later hit with high-interest rates,” Coyle told officials. One hotly-circulating news report told of a family financing a $3200 puppy at $100 a month for 29 months to spend in total $7279. 40! On top of it, these pups may die as often they are sickly and weaned too soon. In the city council vote last October 29, districts 2, 5, 9, and 10 voted against the measure, though one may still buy dogs from licensed breeders. But in an undercover investigation, the Humane Society of the United States discovered even legal breeders do “cage stacking,” stacking cages of dogs, one on top of the other. Buyer beware! Heber Lefgren is the director of the City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Services. “Puppy mills and unscrupulous breeders are all about maximizing the bottom line—bigger and bigger litters with little to no concern for their health. This innovative approach puts some much-needed transparency into the process for prospective pet owners while also ensuring animals are being treated humanely.” He adds, “the new law will provide greater overall protection for people and pets with detailed health certificates and details on the originating agency.” Specifically, local pet stores now must partner only with local shelters and certified rescue groups to acquire animals to sell. Frankly, this idea is in line with how the country is trending, “green” and recycled, the promotion of animal welfare more prominent in our everyday lives. But anyone wanting a specific breed can get one, and at a much-reduced cost. Many rescue groups in Texas are breed-specific, groups that seek homes for sporting dogs, Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, and more, pets abandoned, or whose owner passed away. In her closing statement to the city council, Coyle stated, “San Antonio has the chance to be on the right side of history---taking a strong stand against the cruel puppy mill industry that exploits puppies for profit.” So the next time you look at that doggy in the window, it will be something to feel good about.

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Celebrating 102 years in Alamo Heights

ALAMO HEIGHTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 6201 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209 Senior Pastor: Rev Dr. Richard Knott. Jr. (210) 824-0271 www.alamoheightspres.com

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Until next month! Woof, woof, Roxie

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Church Directory ALAMO HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH 6501 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-9539 Services: Sunday 11:00am, Wednesday 6:30pm Praise and Prayer ALAMO HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH 6435 N. New Braunfels Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-828-5728 alamoheightscc.org Services: Sunday: 10:50am ALAMO HEIGHTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 6201 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0271 alamoheightspres.com Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am ALAMO HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 825 E. Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-826-3215 ahumc.org Services: Sunday 8:30am, 9:30am and 11am CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH 510 Belknap Place San Antonio, TX 78212 210-736-3132 cecsa.org Services: Sunday 7:30am, 9am, 11:00 am, 6:00pm CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH 6720 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3394 clcah.org Services: Sunday 8:30am and 10:30am

MOUNT CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH 308 Mt. Calvary Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-8748 mtcsa.org Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am NORTHWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 518 Pike Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-7238 Services: Sunday mornings at 11am NORTHROCK CHURCHALAMO HEIGHTS 1540 Nacogdoches San Antonio, TX 78209 northrocksa.com Services: Sunday mornings at 10am and 11:30am PEARL STREET CHURCH 400 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 210-504-8897 Services: 9:00am, 10:30am, 12pm and 1:30pm ST. ANTHONY DE PADUA CATHOLIC CHURCH 102 Lorenz Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-1743 stanthonydepadua.org Services: Saturday Mass 5pm Sunday Mass 7:30am, 9am; 10:30am, 12pm Daily Mass 9am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday ST. DAVID’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND SCHOOL 1300 Wiltshire Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 saintdavids.net 210-824-2481 Services: Sundays at 8am & 10:30am

ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 11 Saint Luke’s Lane San Antonio, Texas 78209 210-828-6425 slecsa.org Services: Sunday 8am, 9am, 11am. 6pm Wednesday Eucharist at 8am during the school year ST. PETER PRINCE OF THE APOSTLES CHURCH 111 Barilla Place San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3367 stpeterprinceoftheapostles.org Services: Saturday Mass 5:30pm Sunday 9am, 11am, and 5:30pm Tuesday and Thursday 7am Wednesday 5:30pm Friday 8:00am ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH 3303 Urban Crest Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0139 stpiusxsa.org Services: Tuesday - 7:00 am Wednesday - 5:30 pm Thursday - 7:00 am Friday - 8:00 am Saturday - 5:30 pm Sunday - 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 5:30 pm TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH 319 E. Mulberry San Antonio, TX 78212 210-733-6201 trinitybaptist.org Services: Bible Study 9am Blended Worship 10:15am UNITY CHURCH 8103 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 unityofsa.org 210-824-7351 Services: Sunday 11am Children’s Church 11am

Most churches are meeting together again, but there may be some who are still live-streaming only. It would be best to call the church office or check the websites for updated schedules.

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410 DINER A ‘50s-themed diner serving homemade soups, fresh catfish, shrimp, prime steaks, pork chops and chicken. 8315 Broadway | 210-822-6246 www.410diner.com $

BROADWAY 50/50 Vintage-themed diner serving fun appetizers, like the Chuck Norris Kickers (chicken and jalapeños wrapped in bacon) and Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos), burgers, BLT’s, Cuban sandwiches and more. 5050 Broadway | 210-826-0069 www.broadway5050.com $

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BIRD BAKERY A delightful bakery and small bistro that serves sandwiches, quiche, croissants, pies, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and dessert bars. 5912 Broadway | 210-804-2473 www.birdbakery.com $

CAPPY’S Lunch, dinner and brunch - Cappy’s is fine dining in the heart of ‘09, serving prime steaks, prime rib, rack of lamb and seafood. 5011 Broadway | 210-828-9669 cappysrestaurant.com $$$ (BR)


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EZ’s Burgers, oak-fired brick oven pizzas, rosemary roasted chicken and awardwinning salads, all served in a fun ‘50s-themed atmosphere. 6498 N. New Braunfels | 210-828-1111 ezrestaurants.com $ GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S Good Time Charlie’s has been around since 1979 and soon became a San Antonio landmark restaurant popular with the local college students and faculty. They serve Texas home-style favorites including catfish, steaks and a chicken-fried steak many claim is the “Best In Texas.” They are also known as a favorite happy hour spot with lots of drink specials that include generous pitchers of ice-cold beer. 2922 Broadway | 210-828-5392 gtcsatx.com $ HEARTHSTONE BAKERY CAFE Hearthstone blends the experience of a coffeehouse, bakery and full-service restaurant into one serving gourmet sandwiches, panini, wraps, soups, salad, coffee, espresso and dessert. 3920 Harry Wurzbach | 210-920-2600 www.hearthstonebakerycafe.com $ (P)

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IDA CLAIRE A southern inspired destination for relaxing suppers, weekend brunches, business lunches and happy hours. They serve southern classics like fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese dip, biscuits, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, steelhead trout and Ida’s seasonal pies. 7300 Jones Maltsberger Rd | 210-667-2145 ida-claire.com $$ (P) (BR)

J. ALEXANDER’S A contemporary American restaurant, known for its wood-fired cuisine. The menu features a wide selection of classics including prime rib, steak, seafood and rotating specials like Seafood Czarina, Tuscan Steak, Grilled Fish with Mango Papaya Salsa and Chicken Milanese. 255 E. Basse, #1300 | 210-824-0275 jalexanders.com $$ -$$$ JIM’S RESTAURANT 24-hour diner serving all-day breakfast. They offer hearty choices like steak and eggs, omelets and Tex-Mex huevos rancheros. A comprehensive lunch and dinner menu, that includes all the standards — salads, sandwiches and burgers plus nostalgic favorites like patty melts and liver and onions. 4108 Broadway | 210-828-5120 8427 Broadway | 210-826-7001 jimsrestaurants.com $ MAGIC TIME MACHINE San Antonio themed restaurant where staff dresses up as cartoon characters, super heroes, movie stars and pop heroes. 902 N.E. Loop 410 | 210-828-1470 magictimemachine.com $ MAX’S WINE DIVE Gourmet American fare paired with amazing wines. Fried chicken with Champagne...why not? 340 E. Basse | 210-444-9547 maxswinedive.com $ NOSH Nosh offers great wines, craft brews and small plates that are big on taste. A place to relax and indulge in some really great food. 1133 Austin Highway | 210-826-6674 noshsa.com $ LUBY’S Cafeteria-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer several entrees daily that often include salmon, talapia, fried chicken, chickenfried steak, grilled liver and onions, roast turkey breast, roast chicken and rib-eye steaks. The entrees are accompanied by hearty Southern side dishes like fried okra, mac and cheese, black - eyed peas and mashed potatoes. 8511 Tesoro Drive | 210-930-3227 lubys.com $

410 DINER SALATA A new concept in soups, salads and wraps. You create your own by choosing from dozens of fresh ingredients including several types of lettuces, chopped onions, radishes, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, black and red beans, bean sprouts, peas, broccoli and more. There are over 50 different toppings. Then choose from one of their 10 house dressings made with all-natural ingredients. Add fresh lean protein, including baked chicken, salmon or shrimp. 250 E. Basse | 210-462-1466 salata.com $ SILO ELEVATED CUISINE Silo is listed as one of Open Table’s Top American Restaurants and rated as one of Zagat’s Top Local Picks. They offer New American fare in a casual, yet elegant atmosphere. They offer a small plate menu, and there is also a prix fixe dinner option available. Signature dishes include Chilean Sea Bass, Honey Soy Glazed Atlantic Salmon, Mussels and Linguine and Chicken-Fried Oysters. 1133 Austin Highway | 210-824-8686 siloelevatedcuisine.com $$ STONE WERKS Good food and a hip atmosphere. Over 40 beers on tap, a full bar and lots of bigscreen TVs. The outside patio is a popular happy hour spot. 999 E. Basse | 210-823-3508 stonewerks.com $-$$ (P) TIGER WINGS A variety of chicken wings with lots of exotic flavors like tamarind, Sriracha, garlic pepper curry and Tom Yum. The wings are available for take-out or you can dine in - and they deliver. They also offer fried vegan tofu, edamame and sticky rice. A unique concept. 8210 Broadway | 210-829-5000 tigerwings.com $ TWIN SISTERS BAKERY AND CAFE Healthy food using local ingredients. Coffees and espressos, quiche, pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads. Live music on Friday nights. 6322 N. New Braunfels | 210-822-0761 tsbandc.com $ (LV)

HANZO An Asian gastropub serving innovative cocktails and appetizers. 7701 Broadway, Suite 124 | 210-826-1488 hanzobar.com $$ KOI KAWA A Japanese restaurant and sushi bar featuring lots of specialty rolls and dishes with complex and interesting flavors. 4051 Broadway | 210-805-8111 facebook.com/pages/koikawa $-$$ MON THAI BISTRO Thai food and sushi by chef Mmonrat “Mon” Shirley in a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere with tables that overlook a peaceful outdoor garden and fountain. 4901 Broadway | 210-822-3253 monsthai.com $-$$

50’s style diner and full bar Open for dine-in, to-go and curbside pick-up 210-822-6246 | 8315 Broadway 11am - 8pm 7days a week

OSAKA JAPANESE STEAK AND SUSHI Japanese steak and sushi with hibachi tables where chefs cook and perform for audiences. 4902 Broadway | 210-822-0300 osakasteaknsushi.com $-$$ (R) PIRANHA IZAKAYA Sushi, Japanese and Pacific Rim cuisine in a lively environment located in the Quarry Market. Up-tempo music with a large bar and lots of creative appetizers and sushi rolls. 260 E. Basse, #101 | 210-822-1088 piranhakillersushi.com $$ P. F. CHANG’S Located in the Quarry Market, offering sushi, dim sum, wok classics, noodle dishes and cocktails. 255 E. Basse, #1200 | 210-507-1000 pfchangs.com $$ SUSHI ZUSHI Traditional Japanese and Latin American influences fused into modern, healthy rolls, rice and noodle dishes. 999 E. Basse | 210-826-8500 sushizushi.com $$ TONG’S THAI Beautiful Thai restaurant with tranquil outdoor patio with koi pond. Traditional Thai food, along with Chinese dishes and sushi. 1146 Austin Highway | 210-829-7345 tongsthai.com $$ (P)



BREWS LEES TEA An assortment of teas from Taiwan including Matcha, Oolong, Coconut, Milk and Glowing varieties. They also offer rice and noodle bowls, mini pork buns and Taiyaki. 4009 Broadway | 210-598-0068 brewsleetea.com $

BUN ‘N’ BARREL 1960s-era landmark serving BBQ, burgers, brisket and milkshakes in casual digs with iconic neon signage. 1150 Austin Highway | 210-828-2829 bunnbarrel.com $

FORMOSA GARDEN Tranquil atmosphere, serving sushi, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. A Japanese hibachistyle grill experience is available Wednesday through Sunday during dinner, offering certified Black Angus beef. Reservations are preferred for the hibachi, but walk- ins are still welcomed. 1011 NE Loop 410 | 210-828-9988 formosasa.com $$ (P)


L&L HAWAIIAN BBQ Delicious, authentic Pacific Island BBQ with Asian influence. They offer Hawaiian Ramen, Sushi (Musubi) and their take on Pulled Pork (Kalua). They are the home of the Ramen Burger and monthly AlohaFriday entertainment events. 1302 Austin Hwy | 210-474-6699 http://www.llhawaiianbbqsa.com $ THE BARBECUE STATION Authentic wood-smoked barbecue brisket, ribs, sausage and chicken. 1610 N.E. Loop 410 | 210-824-9191 barbecuestation.com $ - $$

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‘09 Eats THE PIGPEN A family-friendly neighborhood joint serving authentic Texas-style Barbecue. Try the Brisket nachos, brisket grilled cheese or the famous Bloody Mary. A great place to relax and listen to live music on the patio while the kids play on their playground. Also, don’t miss their SOUL FULL Sunday brunch which runs from 10am - 2pm. 106 Pershing | 210-267-9136 thepigpensa.com $ THE SMOKE SHACK Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, ribs and chicken, plus delicious sides like Smoke Shack Mac and spicy creamed corn. 3714 Broadway | 210-957-1430 smokeshacksa.com $ EUROPEAN BISTR09 Classic French Brasserie by Chef Damien Watel and Chef Lisa Astorga Watel. Extensive wine list and beautifully executed classic French dishes including Duck Breast Al’Orange, grilled quail, duck confit, dover sole, lobster risotto, foie gras, escargot and more. 6106 Broadway | 210-245-8156 bistr09.com $$$ (BR) COMMONWEALTH COFFEEHOUSE AND BAKERY Coffee, latte, cappuccino, espresso plus artisanal French pastries, savory croissants, sandwiches, soups, salads, crepes and more. 118 Davis Court | 210-560-2955 commonwealthcoffeehouse.com $ (P) FREDERICK’S French fusion curine prepared by chef Frederick Costa. A wonderful culinary experience with dishes that feature flounder, roasted duck, escargot and more. 7701 Broadway | 210-828-9050 www.frederickssa.com $$ - $$$



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HOFBRAU & BEER GARDEN A beer garden and popular happy hour destination with hearty food. Offerings include German schnitzel, a chicken-fried rib-eye and brisket nachos. 7310 Jones Maltsberger | 210-290-8066 quarryhofbrau.com $ LA MADELEINE A quaint French country cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with rustic interior stone fireplaces and quiet nooks where you can relax. Sip on a delicious cup of tea, enjoy buttery croissants, housemade pastries, French onion soup, beef bourguignon or chicken cordon bleu pasta. 4820 Broadway | 210-829-7291 lamadeleine.com $-$$ THE WINCHESTER PUB An English-style pub with a Texas twist offering a large selection of craft cocktails, 18 beers on tap, wine and Champagne, and a full menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner featuring fish & chips, cheese curds, French toast, brisket grilled cheese sandwiches, Scotch eggs, and a hearty burger. The atmosphere is cozy with a large wooden bar, dart boards, and lots of large screen TVs’ showcasing your favorite sports teams. They also specialize in Soccer Saturdays showing games from European leagues. 5148 Broadway | 210-721-7762 thewinchesterpub.com $-$$

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HAMBURGERS BURGER FI Gourmet burgers and hot dogs made from all natural, never-frozen meat. Vegetarian burgers are available too, plus sides like hand-cut fresh fries, crispy onion rings and frozen custard. 1907 Nacogdoches Road | 210-858-4052 burgerfi.com $ CHEESY JANE’S Burgers, sliders, sandwiches, salads and sides plus shakes in many flavors. 4200 Broadway | 210-826-0800 cheesyjanes.com $ CHESTER’S HAMBURGERS Rustic casual environment with lots of beers on tap and a genuinely great hamburger. 1006 N.E. Loop 410 | 210-805-8600 chestershamburgers.com $ FRONTIER BURGER A San Antonio staple famous for charcoal grilled hamburgers with a special blend of spices and seasonings and bakeryfresh buns. They are also known for their ever- popular thin, crispy onion rings, hand-dipped ice cream milkshakes and handmade fruit pies. 838 N.E. Loop 410 | 210-932-8040 frontierburger.com $ ORDER UP A healthy take on your standard burger, fries and shakes with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. 999 E. Basse | 210-824-9600 orderup-sa.com $ ITALIAN CERRONI’S PURPLE GARLIC Homemade soups, fresh salads, handtossed pizzas and Stromboli’s along with favorites like eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti with homemade meatballs. 1017 Austin Highway | 210-822-2300 ceronispurplegarlic.com $$ PAESANOS An upscale landmark Italian restaurant with a large menu of classic and contemporary Italian dishes and an extensive wine list. 555 E. Basse | 210-828-5191 paesanositalianrestaurant.com $$ - $$$ PESTO RISTORANTE Soul satisfying traditional Italian cuisine with a twist. Build your own pasta. 5221 McCullough | 210-314-1072 pesto-ristorante.com $$ SORRENTO’S Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine with antipasti, seafood and pasta dishes. 5146 Broadway | 210-824-0055 sorrentopizzeria.com $$ MEXICAN ADELANTE Serving what they refer to as health-Mex. All natural light and fresh dishes with plenty of vegan and vegetarian choices. 21 Brees Blvd. | 210-822-7681 adelanterestaurant.com $ BETO’S A unique combination of Mexican street food and Latin American soul food. The fish tacos were voted best fish taco in San Antonio. 8142 Broadway | 210-930-9393 betosaltmex.com $

CAZADORES MEXICAN RESTAURANT Enjoy a wide variety of Tex-Mex food served in a friendly, comfortable seting. A favorite for locals. 927 Rittiman Road | 210-824-0175 taqueriacazadoressa.com $ CHELA’S TACOS Very authentic regional Mexican tacos. Offerings include cilantro chicken, carnitas Michoacan style, carne guisada, picadillo and shrimp tacos and many more. 5231 Broadway, #117 | 210-753-1040 chelas-tacos.com $ LA FONDA Casual dining in a relaxed setting, serving contemporary Mexican cuisine, thoughtfully executed. Open for lunch and dinner with a brunch on Sunday. 8633 Crownhill Blvd. | 210-824-4231 lafondaah.com $$ (P) PALOMA BLANCA Dishes from the coastal regions of Mexico. Signature dishes include grilled snapper, ceviche, pozole, handmade flautas and tacos al pastor. 5800 Broadway, #300 | 210-822-6151 palomablanca.net $$ (P) SOLUNA COCINA MEXICANA Trendy upscale Mexican restaurant with a lively happy hour, impressive margaritas, Tex -Mex favorites and a colorful patio. 7959 Broadway, #204 | 210-930-8070 Solunasa.com $$-$$$ (P) TACO GARAGE Rustic indoor-outdoor concept with several different bars and patios. They serve TexMex breakfast to dinner to a local crowd of regulars and frequently have live music. 8403 Broadway | 210-826-4405 tacogarage.net $ (P), (LV) TOMATILLO’S CANTINA Brightly colored decor, lively music and great food. They feature an extensive list of flavored margaritas, tableside flaming queso flameado, enchiladas, fish and shrimp tacos, sizzling fajitas and more. 3210 Broadway | 210-824-3005 tomatillos.com $$ TORCHY’S TACOS Elevated Mexican street food with lots of innovative tacos filled with unexpected ingredients like salmon, Jamaican jerk chicken and ahi tuna. 999 E. Basse, #183 | 210-824-1603 torchystacos.com $ PIZZA BRAZA BRAVA Pizzas made in Neapolitan style in a woodfired brick oven. 7959 Broadway | 210-320-2100 brazabravapizzeria.com $$ CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN Fresh and light California-inspired salads, soups, flatbreads and pizzas. 255 E. Basse | 210-424-2014 cpk.com $$ FLORIO’S PIZZA Delicious authentic New York-style pizza. 7701 Broadway | 210-805-8646 floriospizza.com $ - $$

JULIAN’S PIZZERIA A warm, family-friendly environment serving pizza and Italian staples like spaghetti and meatballs, baked rigatoni and lasagna. 6462 N. New Braunfels | 210-595-3405 julianspizzeria.com $$ VOLARE GOURMET PIZZA An intimate, family-friendly restaurant serving New York-style thin-crust pizza and other Italian standards. 5054 Broadway | 210-828-3354 volarepizza.com $ - $$ STEAKS THE BARN DOOR Family-owned steakhouse with Westernstyle decor, serving perfectly grilled steaks, delicious seafood and desserts. Ribeye’s, porterhouse and New York strip steaks, plus Chateaubriand, rack of lamb, Gulf Coast oysters and fresh salmon. They have a full bar and frequently offer fine live entertainment. 8400 N. New Braunfels | 210-824-0116 thebarndoorrestaurant.com $$ - $$$ (LV) FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE High-end steakhouse serving prime aged beef, pork chops, North Atlantic lobster tails, Alaskan king crab legs, Chilean sea bass and other seafood specialties. 255 E. Basse, #200 | 210-824-9463 flemingssteakhouse.com $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS Upscale steakhouse that serves prime ribeye,New York strip and filet mignon steaks on sizzling plates. They also feature delicious lamb chops, shrimp, lobster, crab cakes and chicken entrees plus generous desserts. 7720 Jones Maltsberger | 210-821-5051 ruthschris.com $$$ COFFEE & DESSERTS COOKIE CAB Fresh baked warm cookies delivered to your door. Choose from favorites like chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, sugar, and snickerdoodle. 1832 Nacogdoches Road | 210-848.9920 cookiecab.com $ LA PANADERíA Artisan bakery that bakes several varieties of fresh bread and pastries daily. They have a large, airy dining area and serve gourmet coffee, soup and sandwiches. 8305 Broadway | 210-375-6746 lapanaderia.com $ MENCHIE’S Non-fat/low-fat yogurts with fun toppings you add yourself. 999 E. Basse, Suite 177 | 210-824-1104 menchies.com $ NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Delicious Bundt cakes in flavors like lemon, carrot and white chocolate raspberry adorned with thick cream cheese frosting and decorated for any occasion. 5164 Broadway | 210-233-8430 nothingbundtcakes.com $$

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GRIMALDI’S PIZZA Casual, Brooklyn-based pizzeria chain serving brick-oven pizzas and calzones. 330 E. Basse, #101 | 210-832-8288 grimaldispizzeria.com $$

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n a city overrun by fast food restaurants and corporate chain concepts, it’s always exciting to find those cozy neighborhood bistros that strive to deliver outstanding food in an intimate and unique setting. These hidden gems are often run by families and partners that are trying to bring something different to the dining landscape, and they should be appreciated, supported and cherished. Luckily the Alamo Heights area has many great, independent restaurants to choose from, but if you are craving authetic Italian cuisine prepared by a true Italian chef then you only need to head over to Braza Brava off Broadway at Sunset.

Braza Brava opened in 2014, and is one of only a few Italian restaurants in town that features a true Napolean pizza oven. It was built by the legendary oven builder Stefano Ferrara, who is known for his unsurpassed craftsmanship. The oven allows for pizzas and other dishes to be cooked at a very high temperature to ensure that the flavors will be locked in tight without burning the food. In fact, everything about Braza Brava reflects the idea that craftsmanship should be celebrated. From their creative craft cocktail menu, to their rustic, hand-crafted tables and bar top, which were built by the owners themselves, out of repurposed long-leaf pine, the atmosphere at Braza Brava is rustic and relaxed, but it is also refined. At the helm of this beautifully crafted pizza oven is Chef Mauro D’Alonzo, who comes to the Alamo City from the Abruzzo region of Italy. Chef Mauro, along with owners Isela and Eduardo Valdes works tirelessly to bring a true and authentic Italian dining experience to San Antonio, and their hard work is evident throughout the menu. Pizza rules the menu at Braza Brava, and one of their seasonal favorites is the Pizza Carnivale. This beautiful creation features fresh house-made Italian sausage and mozzarella, along with San Marzano tomato sauce and fresh basil. The secret to this pizza, however, is discovered when you bite into the perfectly baked crust to enjoy the sweet texture of ricotta cheese. The restaurant features a wonderful menu full of delicious pasta dishes, fresh salads and charcuterie boards, crispy paninis, as well as steak and seafood, but the highlight of the menu has to be their signature Cacio e Pepe Pasta

presentation. Chef Mauro takes the concept of Fettucine Alfredo and fires it up a notch as he sautés fresh pasta in a white wine cream sauce and tosses it over a giant wheel of flaming parmigiana cheese. The wheel is aged for 24 months and all of the pungent flavors of the parmesan meld together deliciously to create a creamy dish that is as beautiful as it is delicious. They offer a long list of ingredients that can be added to your pasta as well, including fresh vegetables, meatballs , shrimp and even ribeye steak. The presentation is fascinating to watch and the aroma that wafts throughout the restaurant will leave your mouth watering. Braza Brava is open for lunch and dinner, for dine-in and take-out, and offers lunch specials daily, as well as Happy Hour on Monday through Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. with discounted appetizers and wine and beer. For those who prefer to stay home during this pandemic, you’ll want to take advantage of their special “3 Meals To Go for $29” deal. You can call the restaurant for details. Furthermore, you won’t want to miss their “1/2 price Wine Nights” on Mondays and Tuesdays, where every bottle on their impressive wine list is half off, including their high-end cellar selections. This offer definitely gives Taco Tuesday a run for its money, and a reason to celebrate the beginning of a new week. There is so much to love about Braza Brava. From their outstanding Italian cuisine to the warm hospitality of the owners and their friendly staff, you’ll be hard pressed to ever venture anywhere else when the craving for true Italian hits your belly. It is a rare neighborhood gem that will not disappoint, and will have you returning again and again.

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Police Blotter AHPD CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION 6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-2164 FAX (210) 822-7111

ASSAULT, FAMILY VIOLENCE An argument between a husband and wife escalated to the wife becoming the victim of family violence when attacked by her husband. Victim received minor injuries to the face, head, neck and wrist. 12/07/20 500 blk Austin Hwy

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NARCOTICS VIOLATION Officers contacted a male subject observed loitering behind a closed business during early morning hours. Investigation discovered the subject was in possession of two large knives and two vials of methamphetamines. 12/08/20 4700 blk Broadway THEFT, SHOPLIFTING Officers responded to a business for a report of a male subject who had shoplifted merchandise from a store. The subject was located by AHPD several blocks away and the stolen merchandise was discovered. 12/08/20 4600 blk Broadway

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WANTED PERSON Officers responding to a call for a suspicious male subject discovered the subject had three active warrant arrests for criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and indecent exposure. 12/08/20 500 blk Austin Hwy DWI An officer on patrol stopped a vehicle being driven erratically and crossing into on-coming traffic. Investigation discovered the driver was under the influence of alcohol and was impaired. The driver was booked into jail on enhanced charges after it was learned that he had three previous convictions for DWI. 12/08/20 6100 blk Broadway

THEFT Catalytic converters were stolen from a vehicle left parked overnight behind a business center. 12/11/20 5100 blk Broadway VEHICLE BURGLARY After withdrawing cash from a bank, a victim drove to Central market leaving the cash in the vehicle. Video surveillance recorded a vehicle park behind the victim’s vehicle; a passenger in the suspect vehicle smashed the window of the victim’s vehicle and stole the cash. 12/11/20 4800 blk Broadway WANTED PERSON Driver of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation was found to have an active arrest warrant issued by Bexar County for DWI with a child passenger. 12/11/20 6300 blk Broadway

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