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Finding Strength in Their Community The Youngs

Providing Kid Focused Care Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry


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Contents

DEPARTMENTS

FEATURES

20 Business Profile

14 In the Loop

Dr. Angie Sage and the staff at Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry recognize the correlation of putting kids at ease and creating healthy habits.

24 On the Market 26 Neighborhood News 30 School News

22 Meet Your Neighbors

36 Calendar 38 Ask Roxie

When the Youngs moved into 78209 they had no idea that someday they’d find so much strength in the community that came together and rallied around them when they needed it the most.

46 Dining

41 Church Directory 42 ‘09 Eats 48 Police Blotter 50 Vintage View

Publisher J. MICHAEL GAFFNEY Editor SUSAN THORNTON Contributors

RON AARON EISENBERG MEREDITH KAY BERIT MASON AL RENDON Graphic Design FRAN SHERMAN Online Media TUESDAY SHAW Advertising Sales CINDY JENNINGS Administration & Customer Service NANCY A. GAFFNEY

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Editor’s Letter

June Summer is Here! The last year was unprecedented, to say the least. But, now summer is here, and with so many restrictions relaxed, hopefully we will see a glimpse of the days of old with swimming lessons, trips to the zoo, long bike rides, and vacations. But this year, we have the added bonus of having Fiesta in June. Whether it be the bright lights and music of the river parade or the delicious anticuchos and Maria’s tortillas at NIOSA, it’s sure to bring lots of smiles to our fair city. Do you, as I, have some not so fond memories of going to the dentist when you were a child? Kids who visit Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry are immediately mesmerized and put at ease when they first step into the underwater wonderland that is actually a dental office. Since taking over the practice in 2017, Dr. Sage and her staff have made it their goal to make children feel comfortable and help them create healthy oral hygiene habits. Deciding that Terrell Hills would be a great place to raise a family, Brad and Michelle Young moved there early in their marriage. Raising two sons and a daughter, they were fully immersed in the community yet had no idea just what a blessing their neighbors and community would be. If your family is like ours, it can sometimes be challenging to find a place to eat where everyone will be satisfied. But we’ve found that StoneWerks is the solution. A true American grill, Stone Werks has something for everyone from their famous oysters to pizza, prime rib, and salads. If you haven’t tried it before, my hunch is that once you do, you’ll keep going back! I hope that you can enjoy some part of Fiesta this summer. There are many activities to choose from. Be sure to check out the list of events listed on page 37. Viva Fiesta!

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AL RENDON Photographer

Changing the Experience Between Kids and Dentists BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON

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From landmarks to community leaders, San Antonio’s photographer, Al Rendon has photographed the face and heart of San Antonio. His photographs fill books on the history of San Antonio, Fiesta, Charreada, and King William. His commercial photography crafts excellent images for executive portraiture, architectural documentation, and marketing. Al’s art photography spans San Antonio’s culture, serving as official photographer for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Fiesta Commission, and, providing photography to the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and international magazines. His archival prints are in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the Cattle Raisers Museum in Fort Worth, and the Mexican American Museum of Art in Chicago.

Meet Your Neighbors

MEREDITH KAY Writer

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.

When it Takes a Village, the Neighbors Come Through BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON 22 JUNE 2021 | 78209magazine.com

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Providing Kid Focused Care Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry

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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.

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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Finding Strength in Their Community The Youngs

Providing Kid Focused Care Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry

Two Alamo Heights High School Water Polo players take a break to smile for 78209 Photographer, Al Rendon at the new Alamo Heights Natatorium. Construction on the new facility began in November 2019, thanks to a 2017 bond passed by the Alamo Heights community. It was completed in January 2021 and was a welcome sight to the swimming, diving and water polo teams who had spent the last year and a half practicing in a rented outdoor facility. Not only being used for practice by Alamo Heights High School teams, this state-of-the-art facility will also be used to host competitions and has activities available to community members ages 4 and up. They host a summer swim league, club swimming, diving and water polo. Swim lessons and open and lap swimming are also available for a minimal charge.

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In the Loop New Business Cleans Residential & Commercial Trash Bins in ‘09 BY RON AARON EISENBERG

Many of us rarely think about our trash bins. But if we take the time to peer inside and take a whiff or two, it quickly becomes clear they are disgusting, smelly, dirty breeding grounds for viruses, bacteria, and maggots. Cleaning our own trash cans is a gross and very unpleasant chore. Clean My Bins, a local company will clean residential trash and recycle bins on a monthly or quarterly basis in Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, and Olmos Park. The company says it uses “state-of-the-art and eco-friendly technology, to clean bins, using a hydraulic lifter, high pressured spinning heads and 220º plus water. It is a chemical-free process.” Most of the water used is captured in the truck. Alan Williams, 39, runs the company. He told 78209 Magazine, “My wife and I saw a bin cleaning truck during a recent vacation, and we were intrigued. We had never heard about the service and had never been contacted about using it for our home or business.” They purchased a bin cleaning truck and started the business in Tyler, Texas, with a population of 100,000. “Our first hire was Jack Heydenreich, a 2016 graduate of Alamo Heights High School and a 2020 graduate from The University of Oklahoma.” 14 JUNE 2021 | 78209magazine.com

He added, “It’s been meaningful to put a 23-year-old in a position of leadership where his role matters every day. We’re writing the playbook together for a business that doesn’t have a lot of precedent.” Williams said, “After we recognized that Tyler was going to be successful, we bought the second truck and started the business in Alamo Heights.” Williams and his family have been in the food business for many years. BCW Food Products supplies baking mixes to U.S. food operators across 42 states. The bin cleaning operation has a monthly charge of $16 per bin and $8 for each additional bin. A quarterly service costs $35 per bin and $8 for each additional bin. There are no contracts and no cancellation fees. What does Heydenreich think about the work? “I never thought I would ever be cleaning trash bins for a living. I love to be outside and interact with everyone, but I also wanted to learn from Alan and to help grow something that everyone involved can be proud of.” Williams pointed out, “We’re living in a time when disinfecting really matters.”


Trendy Seafood Restaurant Coming to Broadway

Popular Southeast Asian Seafood Restaurant Pinch Bowl House is planning to open a second location in the Stewart Center at 5120 Broadway. A Pinch Bowl manager told 78209 Magazine, the company plans to keep the downtown location at 124 N. Main Ave. The business says it “started from pop-up crawfish boils in San Antonio to support the idea of creating a fun environment for families & communities to enjoy food deeply rooted in our Asian culture. Today, nothing’s changed, and we hope to continue

telling our story and providing you with an unforgettable experience.” “Ultimately, Pinch Boil House ‘boils down’ to three things.” • Culture -- All of our food, experiences & stories are inspired from our rich Asian culture. • Community -- We believe that communities are meant to be empowered, well-fed, and never underserved. • Damn Good Food -- We like to eat well. You will too. “There’s no date yet on when the eatery will open on Broadway. Our owners are still negotiating the final paper work,” the manager told 78209 Magazine.

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In the Loop Cowork Space Opens at Pearl

The Pearl district recently launched “Pearl Cowork,” a community-oriented workspace located in Pearl’s Full Goods Building at 200 East Grayson, Suite 210. The new 10,416 square foot office space is described as ideal for professionals of all levels. As workers have adapted throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many are not returning to traditional office settings. Pearl Cowork is designed for flexibility to serve start-ups, small businesses, and visiting executives from across Texas and the country to meet the demand of modern professionals. 16 JUNE 2021 | 78209magazine.com

People can lease workspace for a day or more with access to private offices, plus a variety of amenities, including high-speed Wi-Fi, shared kitchen, high-tech meeting rooms, private phone booths, a cleaning service, and more. In announcing the new workspace, Pearl’s Chief Marketing Officer Elizabeth Fauerso said, “Pearl is thrilled to debut San Antonio’s newest cowork space, which is ideal for those seeking human connectivity and purposeful work. The space builds on Pearl’s history as a place where ideas are brought to life-through ingenuity, creativity, and collaboration.”


In the Loop Cappy’s Named One of Nation’s Best Brunch Restaurants

Open Table, an online restaurant reservation service, has named Cappy’s Restaurant one of the nation’s top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants. Cappy Lawton, owner of Cappy’s and several other restaurants in the area, told 78209 Magazine, he doesn’t know how his restaurant made the list, but he is “pleased and honored to be on it.” Lawton noted, “Cappy’s is 44 years old this year. When we opened, our staff suggested we close on Sundays because there was so little business. Today, Sundays are our busiest days, far exceeding Friday and Saturday nights. “You might ask how did we start our Sunday brunch? Here’s the back story. Shortly after we opened Cappy’s in 1977, a friend told me about something called “brunch” in New Orleans.

So, I went there. I spent three days at Brennan’s, a New Orleans restaurant tradition since 1946. The Brennan family was so nice to me and so willing to share what their brunch was all about. I brought it back to Cappy’s a year after we opened.” It took off from there. Due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines, Cappy’s can accommodate about half the number of patrons in its dining room than in pre-coronavirus days. Yet, on Mother’s Day this year, Lawton told me, they fed just under 1,000 people. He added, “Our guests tell us more by their feet than their words. People will usually tell you dinner or lunch was great, whether they feel that way or not. But they vote with their feet. When they come back to the restaurant, I know we are doing things right.”

Another Restaurant Opening in ’09 on Austin Highway at Mt. Calvary Drive La Taqueria on the Austin Highway closed it’s doors in February 2020 only three years after opening. The site, at 1208 Austin Highway, near Mt. Calvary Drive, originally sported a Burger King. But they abandoned the site in 2015. Now, Las Palapas will become the third restaurant to open at that location. On their website, the company says it has 13 locations in the San Antonio area. The Acosta family runs the business, opening their first Las Palapas in 1981. The Acosta children, Aaron, Matthew, Joshua, and Ashlyn, join their dad, Ron, in carrying on the Las Palapas tradition. While no official opening date has been announced, the company teased on its website, “Austin Highway is almost finished! Keep an eye out for an official grand opening coming VERY SOON! Get excited.” According to the Bexar County Appraisal District, the property is appraised at nearly $2.5 million. 18 JUNE 2021 | 78209magazine.com


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Business Profile

Changing the Experience Between Kids and Dentists BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON

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sk any adult about their memories of visiting the dentist as a child, and you’ll probably get some pretty negative accounts. Although the practice of dentistry can be traced back to 5,000 B.C., pediatric dentistry, as a practice, really only began to gain traction in the 1940s. Many of us grew up going to the same dentist as our parents did, and often it was pretty traumatizing.

Luckily, the dental industry realized that treating children came with its own concerns and patient needs. The practice is rapidly changing and advancing to create dental facilities that cater to children to foster better dental hygiene and create a more positive experience. Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry has been making the area’s children smile beautifully since 2005. When you walk through the doors, you will feel like you have entered an underwater wonderland. The décor is bright and inviting, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. Children are instantly put at ease and transfixed by the colorful sea life, which includes a beautiful saltwater aquarium. The treatment area is open and inclusive so that young patients don’t feel enclosed. Children’s shows and movies play on multiple screens to engage their attention and put them at ease. At the helm of this pediatric dental ship is Dr. Angie Sage, who took over the practice in 2017. She, along with Dr. Kathryn Walker, light up the room when they enter to greet their patients, and they are supported by an outstanding team of pediatric dental assistants and office staff. You will be hard-pressed to see a frown around this team, and the positive energy carries over contagiously to their patients. Dr. Sage is a native of New Orleans and received her undergraduate and dental school degree from L.S.U. She came to San Antonio seven years ago to do her dental residency at the U.T. Health Science Center’s School of Dentistry and is now enjoying life as a Texan with her husband and two toddler sons. She is a busy lady who never loses sight of her goal to make children comfortable when visiting the dentist and to help teach positive lifelong dental habits that kids can take into adulthood. Dr. Sage is passionate about her practice and states, “When children have a good experience at the dentist, it creates good habits.” She says the biggest misconception that people have about the need for pediatric dentists is the belief that all teeth are the same. The truth is that a child’s mouth goes through so much growth and change once the first baby tooth erupts around six months old, and they require special care at different ages. “They are not just ‘baby teeth.’ It’s not a ‘one size fits all’ concept, and children require special treatments to ensure good dental health as they grow.” It is recommended that a child should visit the dentist for the first time when that first tooth arrives, or at least within their first year. This allows the child to become comfortable with a dental exam and cleaning procedures. The focus should be on prevention, and it is essential to

teach not only the child but also the parent how to brush correctly and create a daily dental routine. Doing so successfully will prevent cavities and encourage the child to actively become involved in his or her dental health. The dentists and assistants also talk to patients, and their parents, about healthy eating and snack options, providing a snack chart that can be posted on the refrigerator at home to remind family members what’s good for them and what isn’t. Dr. Sage gets a little more serious when she discusses how important it is for her and her staff to stay updated with the latest pediatric dental studies and technology. “Doing a procedure on a child while awake is very challenging. Being inside of someone’s mouth is invasive and can be very scary to a kid.” She goes on to describe several new options in pediatric dentistry that are going to be “game-changers.” One of those is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF). It is an antimicrobial solution for cavities that targets and kills the bacteria that eats away at the tooth and prevents the decay from spreading. It is evident that the entire staff at Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry love their jobs, and they treat each patient differently according to their age and needs. From the tiniest toddler to the tallest teenager, your child will receive individualized care that will carry them throughout their childhood and into adulthood. Dr. Sage lights up when she talks about how rewarding it is to watch her patients grow up, share in their accomplishments, and celebrate their milestones. The practice is always taking new patients, and they accept most dental insurance plans and offer their own membership plan. At Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry, your child will walk in and be greeted by a team of smiles and walk out with an even bigger smile of their own. 78209magazine.com | JUNE 2021 21


Meet Your Neighbors

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or many of us who were born and raised elsewhere, we still consider Texas home. As the saying goes, “I’m not from Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.”

Michelle Young was born in Oregon and raised in Southern California. Still, she has called San Antonio home since 1998, and she is proud of her three children who have had the opportunity to grow up Texan in a neighborhood where community is everything. She moved here with her husband, Brad Young when he was transferred for a new position with SWBC. Brad grew up in Chicago but moved to California and met Michelle before relocating and settling into the architecturally diverse neighborhood of Terrell Hills. Together the couple raised two sons and a daughter, but sadly, Brad lost his battle to cancer in January 2019. It was during this tough time that Michelle realized just how cohesive and caring her community could be. She states, “The community really rallied around us. Everyone was there for us, and the support for my kids was amazing.” Today, Michelle and her family are doing well. Her oldest son, Caleb, is 19 and has just finished his first year of college at Auburn University. He plans to work through the summer before tackling his sophomore year but was very excited for the opportunity to come home for an extended visit to see his sister graduate from Alamo Heights High School. Maia, 18, has been a standout athlete on the water polo team and plans to attend Texas A&M University, in College Station, in the fall. The youngest Young, Taj, is 15 and is wrapping up his freshman year as an Alamo Heights Mule, where he excelled as a Cross Country runner. As any mother knows, raising three children so close in age is challenging. Michelle became an inspiration to her family several years ago when she decided to go back to school to finish her undergraduate degree. She took classes at San Antonio College, where she was a little apprehensive at first, as she was usually the oldest student in the class, but she persevered and eventually received a degree in Community Health from UTSA. She recalls the long hours and the work that it took to achieve her goal, and she is grateful for the loving support from her family. Michelle beams with pride when she talks about her passion for the organization that her degree led her to find. Snack Pak 4 Kids was founded by Leslie Kingman, another Alamo Heights resident. The organization, “with the support of partners,

donors and volunteers of all ages, provides weekend food supplements to students who are identified by their teachers, creating food security for them over the weekend.” Michelle explains that Snack Pak 4 Kids partners are essential in our communities for food-insecure children. “Our individual and corporate partners adopt an entire school, or several schools, and provide volunteers and financial support to put together weekend ‘snack paks’ for students to bridge the gap between lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday.” Currently, the organization serves 35 schools in 4 different school districts in San Antonio and feeds an average of more than 2,500 students each week. Michelle coordinates logistics, donor engagement, and volunteer scheduling for the organization and is proud that her own mother, who is 88 years old, works as a volunteer in the warehouse packing snacks to be delivered to the schools every Friday. It’s her passion for the communities that she serves and the fact that she gets to share the spirit of giving with her children, family, and friends that keeps her going every day. The Young family loves their neighborhood and their neighbors. There is even a back gate that leads directly to their next-door neighbor’s yard, as they have become quite close over the years. Michelle is a dynamic, outgoing, and beautiful lady who, with the help of her beloved community, has raised three respectful, intelligent, and ambitious children. She looks forward to watching her kids succeed in college and as they grow into adulthood, and she is grateful to live in such a tight-knit community that not only values its neighbors but shows up for them when life presents a challenge.

The community really rallied around us. Everyone was there for us, and the support for my kids was amazing.

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Neighborhood News Terrell Hills Schedules Blood Drive BY RON AARON EISENBERG

Due to the pandemic, communities across the country are experiencing shortages in blood. In San Antonio, the Blood and Tissue Center has made clear it is very short of blood and needs donors to help alleviate the shortage. A blood drive hosted by the City of Terrell Hills is set for Tuesday, July 11, in the City Hall parking lot from noon until 5:00 pm. Anyone who is 17 years old, weighs at least 110 pounds, is in good general health, or is 16 years old, has parental consent, and weighs at least 120 pounds can donate

blood. Donors must present a photo ID, the last four digits of their Social Security number, and their birth date. The service is provided by the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. All presenting donors receive: • A safe and secure donation experience • Skilled care from the staff • A wellness check-up and T-shirt • Access to convenient online scheduling

AH Councilwoman Elected Mayor Pro Tempore By a unanimous vote of 4-0, AH council members recently elected their colleague, Lynda Billa Burke, to serve as Mayor Pro Tempore. Billa Burke has served on the council for nine years, making her the longest-serving female on the city council. As mayor Pro Tempore, she will assume the duties of mayor in the absence of Alamo Heights Mayor Bobby Rosenthal or when his calendar is overloaded. She told 78209 Magazine, “I am very fortunate to work with some terrific guys. We all have pet projects and support each other in our endeavors. We rotate the position of Mayor Pro Tempore every election. “If only our state and national representatives could work together like we do, it would be a better place for all,” she added.

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Olmos Park Residents Set Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration Think vintage cars, seersucker suits, kids on bikes with streamers on their handlebars, and red, white, and blue crepe paper threaded through the spokes of the wheels. Think pets on leashes and babies in strollers and a sky dotted with puffy white clouds. Think a parade with marching bands, police cars, and fire engines with lights flashing and sirens roaring, and more. Put it all together, and you have the Olmos Park Fourth of July Parade. Folks are invited to gather at the Alameda Circle at 8:45 am. The parade will begin at 9 am. The city urges attendees to dress in red, white, and blue. There will be a contest for the best patriotic mask. The city of Olmos Park hopes to continue creating lasting memories through the years. They are looking for people to help sponsor this event by making donations in any amount. 78209magazine.com | JUNE 2021 27


Neighborhood News Water Restrictions Lifted in Alamo Heights May showers not only brought May flowers, the rain added enough water to the Edwards Aquifer to lift water restrictions in Alamo Heights, as of the date we went to press, according to a city spokeswoman. Even so, the city encourages residents to continue to conserve water. After all, blistering heat and day after day of little or no rain are on the way, and with that will come restrictions on residential and commercial water use.

Alamo Heights Public Works wants to remind residents, “Wasting water is prohibited at all times. Do not allow water to run off into the street, drain, or ditch. Repair all leaks.” A representative from Terrell Hills told 78209 Magazine Stage 2 water restrictions are still in effect for its community. Contact the Alamo Heights Public Works Department with questions about water use and restrictions.

Vandals Attack Residential Yards and Community Garden Area police are investigating damage to more than 40 residential properties in 78209 and the Alamo Heights Community Garden. Early estimates of damage exceed $25,000, according to several residents. It appears that a type of chemical spray was used to hit the yards. Several homeowners filed police reports with the Alamo Heights and City of San Antonio police departments. Both departments are investigating. The spraying occurred somewhere around the first week of May, and damages are now just being seen.

Safety Tips for Use of Portable Generators With summer months quickly approaching, storms may produce power outages, leading many to use a generator. But beware. If not used properly, generators can pose a fire hazard. A few things to note about portable generators: • Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas at least 20 feet from all doors, windows, and vent openings. • Measure the 20-foot distance from the generator to the building. • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open. • Place generators so that exhaust fumes cannot enter the home through windows, doors, or other openings in the building. The exhaust must be directed away from the building. • If you are using a portable generator, make sure you have battery-operated carbon monoxide (CO) alarms or 28 JUNE 2021 | 78209magazine.com

plug-in CO alarms with a battery backup in the home. • If you are buying or renting a portable generator, choose one listed by a qualified testing laboratory. • If the CO alarm sounds: o Immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors. Make sure you account for everyone. o Call 9-1-1 or the fire department from the fresh air location. o Remain there until emergency personnel declares that it is safe to re-enter the home. • Do not stand or sit downwind of generator exhaust. If you can smell exhaust, you are inhaling it. Exhaust is toxic and deadly. • Store fuel for the generator in a container intended for the purpose, and that is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas. Adapted from National Fire Protection Association


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School News THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS OF ‘09

PANDEMIC PUBLISHING JOURNALISM STUDENTS WORK FOR SUCCESS DURING YEAR BY MARK SECHLER, HOOF PRINT CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF

At the computer, senior Co-Editors in Chief Emmie Chaney and James Crow go over an article. “I rarely wrote articles since I was a co-editor, but when I did, it came very naturally to me and was a lot of fun,” Crow said. Crow was the first male editor for the yearbook. Photo by Gabi Rodriguez

During second period, junior Teel Sabom works on his article on the computer for the January issue. “I liked to write sports columns the best because I was interested the most in sports,” Sabom said. There were two sports columns in every issue of the newspaper except the May issue. Photo by Mark Sechler

The journalism department has been busy all year learning how to write articles, taking photos, and covering school events. Under the leadership of Journalism Teacher Kristin Cade, all three classes have met challenges head-on and found success along the way. “Yearbook is one of my favorite classes because we are like one big family, and Mrs. Cade is the best teacher ever,” Senior Ads Editor Lexi Ramirez said. “These last two years on staff have been such a great experience for me. I’ve loved every minute of it.” The yearbook staff was led by Cade and the five CoEditors in Chief seniors James Crow, Emmie Chaney, Carli Medina, Lizzie Minor, and Meredith Carpio-Walker. As a team, they have had to work through many problems, but they got through them with ease because they worked well together. “It’s been a little bit harder to complete the yearbook this year because it’s hard to get quotes and pictures from people who are online,” Chaney said. “But we are still making it work and still having fun.” In January, the yearbook staff found out the 2020 yearbook (last school year) won the UIL’s Award of Distinguished Merit for the 13th consecutive year, the state’s highest honor and the gold medal in publishing. “The award is always special and exciting,” Cade said. “However, this award for the 2020 yearbook was really special

because we completed 217 of the 400 pages of the book after the ‘Rona’ school closure.” In May, the Yearbook Staff found out that they were featured in Balfour Publishing’s Yearbook Yearbook, which honors the best yearbooks in the country and overseas. “This is the 15th year in a row we have won the Yearbook Yearbook Award,” Cade said. “It is such an honor since it is a national award.” Another part of the Journalism Department that has made an enormous impact is the Journalism I class taken by sophomores and juniors who want to take Hoof Print or Yearbook the following school year. The Journalism I students learn the basics of writing and editing, photography, layout, and design. By the end of the year, they also get real-world experience by working on actual yearbook and newspaper pages and helping finish up both publications. “It’s been a blast helping Mrs. Cade and taking pictures of my friends and the different classes around the school,” sophomore Journalism I Student Miles Wright said. “Taking pictures was also a great way to find out where everything was in the school since it’s all so new.” The journalism class also did their part by helping out in the yearbook. Cade had the Journalism I students split into two sections: The New Direction page and College page, two pages in the 2021 yearbook. “It has been a really good experience to get to see how things

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are run in each class, and it has given me a better view on what route I want to take next year in the journalism department,” sophomore Traylor Azar said. “This year in J1 has been very exciting and made me look forward to working with Mrs. Cade again next year.” And last, but certainly not least, is The Hoof Print Staff. Though they have had a lot of adversity, they overcame it in the end, as always. The Hoof Print Staff published nine issues during the school year. Led by senior Co-Editors Ivanna Bass Caldera, Jonathan Duperier, Stefan Enslin, Natalie Lehmann, and Mark Sechler, the staff worked through some being online and others being FaceTo-Face to meet deadlines and get issues out every month. “I really enjoyed editing each issue at the end of the month,” senior Natalie Lehmann said. “It was super interesting to see everyone’s different articles and collaboration.” In May, the staff learned that they won the UIL Award of Achievement, which is the silver medal in publishing. This was an excellent reward for an out-of-the-ordinary year. “It has been tough this year, dealing with COVID and half of our class being online, but luckily Mrs. Cade helped us adapt, and it got better,” senior Sports Staff Member Trey Sullivan said. “It has probably been my favorite class this year.”

In class, senior Co-Editors in Chief Natalie Lehmann and Ivanna Bass Caldera revise articles on the computer. “It was super interesting to see everyone’s different articles and collaboration,” Lehmann said. Co-editors proofed every article for every issue of the paper. Photo by Mark Sechler

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5. At the spirit showcase, senior Augustin Chincarini stands on the podium and leads the band. Chincarini was one of three drum majors in the band program. Photo by Meredith Carpio-Walker 6. In the Oaks, seniors line up and wait for the announcement of the homecoming king and queen. All nominees attended the event. Photo by Lizzie Minor

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School News LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION MULETUBE CLASS SHOOTS, DIRECTS TELEVISION PRODUCTION FOR STUDENT BODY BY GEORGIA VALLES, HOOF PRINT NEWS EDITOR

Looking through the lens, sophomore Dylan Corso films a Muletube taping. “It was fun to use my videoing skills to record the broadcasts,” Corso said. Photo by Natalie Lehmann

Outside the Muletube room, senior Riley Mercer listens to the audio during a Muletube taping. “It was sometimes hard to get good interviews from people wearing masks, but we made it work,” Mercer said. Photo by Natalie Lehmann

Every week, two new Muletube videos are released, and as a school, students get to enjoy the hard work this class puts into producing these informative video broadcasts. The Muletube 1 and 2 class is for students who want to learn the basics of television broadcasting. They work on building scripts, operating their broadcast system, and creating graphics. Everyone has a specific role that contributes to the production of Muletube. “In Muletube, students learn the basics of putting together a news broadcast for announcements,” Muletube Teacher Ann Carter said. “They learn what it’s like to be in front of the camera as well as behind the camera. The students this year have been amazing to work with during these difficult times of social distancing and mask-wearing. They continue to be energetic, upbeat, and work so well together.” The production of Muletube has changed over the school years, going from live videos to newly edited YouTube videos. Every year they have been dedicated to sharing news with the school during advisory periods. This year, Muletube is dedicated to sharing student accomplishments. They share everything from sports wins to art shows to other student achievements. “My passion is broadcasting. I try my best every day not only to produce the best episode possible but also to pass on the skills I have learned to the rest of our amazing Muletube family,” sophomore Head Of Production Dylan Corso said. “Now in Muletube, we are all focused on showcasing student accomplishments. Muletube students do not just learn videography, but they also learn photography and build confidence by getting out of their comfort zone and stepping in front of the camera.”

Muletube focuses on teamwork. Students have to be organized, energetic, upbeat, and know how to manage time wisely while collaborating with fellow classmates. However, entry into this class includes an application, and there are only a limited number of students admitted. The course teaches students how to write scripts and teaches them how to be comfortable in front of a camera as they become the hosts of Muletube. “We film each episode two days before it’s released, so it has time to be edited,” senior Director Julia Beebe said. “It takes a lot of teamwork to get all of the equipment set up and all of the mics connected.” Every week the students prepare a script by looking for potential sports segments and any other notable event happening at the school. They work with teachers and students to make informative and well-put-together videos every week. Almost any information you need to know will be announced on Muletube. “A typical day in Muletube is that the class and I find a spot where we can record the announcements,” senior Videographer Joel Lisowski said. “Dylan edits our videos so the final product can be sent to Ms. Carter to email to the teachers.” Every week Muletube continues to work hard at producing a video for the campus. Members of the class put a great deal of dedication and passion into their videos. Students learn unique skill sets and experience real-life broadcast journalism firsthand. “Muletube has helped me become a better leader and person,” Corso said. “It has taught me invaluable life lessons.”

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School News RESEARCH SCIENCE SCHOLARS TO GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE

Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) is where tradition meets innovation. The school provides students with unforgettable opportunities to interact with experts, inspirational speakers, and impactful teachers, as well as unique, one-of-a-kind experiences; one of these is the newly introduced Research Science Program. Led by Upper School Biology Teacher Dr. Jamie Holbrook, this specialized program allows Upper School students to spend the year studying the human endeavor of scientific research, foundational laboratory skills, the evaluation of results using statistical analysis, and how to plan, implement, perform, and communicate research findings. The program includes classroom work, an independent research project, and an internship in a certified laboratory.

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In May, the first group of Saint Mary’s Hall Research Science Program Scholars was officially announced at the SMH Lab Coat Ceremony. The ceremony was modeled after the White Coat Ceremony, often intended for firstyear students in medical, nursing, and physician assistant programs as a rite of passage. Appearing via Zoom at the ceremony, CEO/President of Texas Biomed Dr. Larry Schlesinger addressed the scholars and said, “Pursuing a scientific career is a wonderful journey in selfdiscovery and life-long learning. This career takes you in so many exciting directions. Along the journey, make sure you encounter and hold on to mentors who will help guide you and will take the time to find out what you are passionate about. Make the most of the opportunities in front of you. You will not be disappointed.”


THE CIRCLE SCHOOL

This year calls for a summer of fun! The Circle School is so happy to return to on campus summer programs for 2021. They are offering one week or the whole summer activities with session offerings from June 7 to August 6. Options are available for children ages 4-14 with previous group care experience. Sessions include art, cooking, theatre, music, science, STEM, mindfulness, and empathy. Three of the courses are as listed: Fractured Fairy Tale Theatre Intensive Ages 6-14 The teachers will immerse the students in fairy tales. Next, the students will deconstruct everything that they’ve heard and then they will put it all back together in a one-act play and present it the second Friday of class. Students will learn basic theater terminology and techniques, create costumes and a set, and flex their ‘make it up as we go along’ muscles. Last, but not least, they would live happily ever after... Practicing Peace Ages 7-14 Participants will practice finding their quiet with this gentle, and sometimes silly, introduction to meditation and mindfulness. The class will begin with a series of gentle exercises that help calm the body and mind. It will end with a group guided meditation. In between, students will work on projects which will include a lavender sachet, a finger labyrinth, a “Mind in a Jar” and a peace flag. Around the World in a Week Ages 4-6 Armed with passports and curiosity, join us as we travel around the world in 5 days, learning about different continents, exploring unfamiliar foods, creating art, investigating exciting cultures, and making memories with our fellow travelers. 78209magazine.com | JUNE 2021 35


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Fun Things to Do In and Around 78209 FAMILY WORKSHOP: SQUID DISSECTION DOSEUM June 13 | 1PM - 4:30PM How are squids different from you? Or similar? The answers might surprise you! Celebrate the exhibition Voyage to the Deep and take a deep dive into biology. Learn the ins and outs of squid anatomy in this hands-on, dissection-based workshop. Each family will dissect a real squid specimen! All dissection tools will be provided. doseum.org

MEXICAN CERVEZA TASTING BOTANICAL GARDEN June 17 | 7PM - 8:30PM Join the Botanical Garden for this Mexican cerveza tasting inspired by Frida Kahlo Oasis. Participants will learn about the history of Mexican cerveza and partake in a three-part tasting. The class will conclude with crafting their own michelada. 21+. Sabot.org

NOCHES DE FRIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS Thursdays, Now through August 26 | 6PM - 9PM Noches de Frida is featuring docent guided and selfguided tours of the new Frida Kahlo Oasis exhibition as well as beautiful bloom displays throughout the rest of the Botanical Garden. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, including cash bars and specially prepared picnic baskets, and performances by local DJ’s. Guests are welcomed to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Sabot.org

DRIVE-THRU CELEBRATION: LIMITLESS FUN THE MCNAY June 13 | 10AM -1PM Celebrate the expansion of the Museum grounds, the acquisition of new outdoor sculpture, and the current exhibition Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary Art. Drive slowly through the grounds with activities along the way. mcnayart.org

POP-UP CULINARY DEMO BOTANICAL GARDENS June 5, 12, 19 | 11AM - 1:30PM Stop by the Outdoor CHEF Teaching Kitchen at the San Antonio Botanical Garden for a Pop-Up Culinary Demo. The local chef will showcase fresh seasonal produce and herbs in a delectable recipe. Gather ideas and inspiration for the next time you cook. Sabot.org

NATURE’S SUPERHEROES SUMMER CAMP WITTE MUSEUM June 14-18 | 9AM - 3PM What super powers can be found in nature? How does nature inspire the superhero stories we know and love? Explore the science behind the awesome abilities of plants and animals. Then, use what you’ve learned to create your own superhero! Ages 9-12 wittemuseum.org

MAKER WORKSHOP DOSEUM June 5, 12 and 19 | 3PM - 4PM Located in Innovation Station, Maker Workshops are dropin programs open to children ages 6-11. The Innovation Workshop can accommodate 16 students. doseum.org

DADDY DAUGHTER GRAND BALL BOTANICAL GARDEN June 18 | 6PM - 9PM Fathers and daughters of all ages are invited to the Daddy Daughter Grand Ball. Dress up and enjoy a magical evening of dancing and everlasting memories set in the beautiful The Betty Kelso Center. Daddy Daughter Grand Ball will feature music (DJ), princess appearances, photo booth, small bites and desserts. Caricatures will be available for purchase. Beverages, small bites and desserts included with ticket. PRESERVING HISTORY SUMMER CAMP WITTE MUSEUM June 21 - 25, 2021 | 9AM - 3PM Did you know that the skill of preparing and preserving food has been around for thousands of years?! Join us at the Witte to learn some of the tricks of the past as we create exciting foods and preserve our cultural knowledge. Spend the week in the museum’s H-E-B Body Adventure Demonstration Kitchen and discover the many techniques used to create delicious history! wittemuseum.org SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST JUNIOR WITTE MUSEUM June 28 - July 21 | 9AM - 3PM What can we learn from nature’s superheroes about keeping our bodies healthy? Come find out this summer as we use our five senses to dive deep into the exploration of nature’s superheroes. See how humans have adapted to survive by learning from different animals and creatures over the years. Learn about the human anatomy and how each of us can become one of nature’s superheroes! Ages 6-8 wittemuseum.org

ESSENTIALS OF ITALIAN COOKING: A TRIBUTE TO MARCELLA HAZAN CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL June 11 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM Learn how to make classic recipes in memory of Marcella Hazan, noted cookbook author, culinary instructor and “the first mother of Italian cooking in America”, according to Lidia Bastianich. Mrs. Hazan was an advocate of simple preparations, with a focus on fresh ingredients and a rare insight into the complexity of flavors that is the essence of Italian regional cooking. centralmarket.com

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LEARN @ LUNCH: SUMMER IN SICILY CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL June 17 | 12:30PM - 1:30PM In this fast paced, lunch-time class, we’ll show you how to make three traditional dishes that represent the rich and diverse cuisine of this Mediterranean island. centralmarket.com

JUNIOR PALEONTOLOGISTS WITTE MUSEUM June 28 - July 21 | 9AM - 3PM Pick up the tools of a paleontologist and discover just how much work goes into uncovering the ancient past and answer the question of what those discoveries can teach us about the prehistoric world. In this week-long camp, explore major discoveries in the field of Paleontology and acquire the skills you will need to make some discoveries of your own! Ages 9-12 wittemuseum.org


FIESTA FIESTA FIESTA JUNE 17 4PM - 10PM HEMISFAIR PARK

Taste of the Republic JUNE 17 | 5PM - 9PM Marriott Plaza San Antonio Rey Feo Crown Celebration JUNE 18 7PM - 11:59PM Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center

FIESTA Especial Inclusion 5K and Parade JUNE 19 7AM - 1PM Windcrest City Hall

Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil JUNE 19 7PM - 11:PM Botanical Garden

Viva Botanica JUNE 19 10AM - 2PM Botanical Gardens

A Day in Old Mexico & Charreada JUNE 20 & 27 3PM - 5:30 PM Rancho del Charro

FIESTA King's Cup Polo Party 12PM - 4PM Olmos Basin Park Investiture of King Antonio JUNE 19 | 6PM 7:30PM Alamo Plaza

Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA) JUNE 22-25 5:30PM - 10:30PM LaVillita

2021 EVENTS Ford Mariachi Festival JUNE 22 7:30PM - 9:30PM San Antonio Riverwalk FIESTA Gartenfest JUNE 23, 24 & 25 5PM - 11:59PM Beethoven Halle and Garden Festival de Animales JUNE 26 & 27 10AM - 5PM San Antonio Zoo

Editor’s Pick TEXAS CAVALIERS RIVER PARADE SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK June 21 7PM – 9PM Join the thousands of people who come from all over the world and line the banks of the San Antonio River to view the 76th Texas Cavaliers River Parade. This parade is one of a kind and unique to San Antonio. It will be an evening of family fun with festively decorated floats, lights, live music and costumed participants. 78209magazine.com | JUNE 2021 37


Ask Ask Roxie Roxie we move on. First thing, they want to pet the dog. And my first

Words of Advice from an ‘09toPet question them is: 'Do you have a pet?' and they'll bring out

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.

DOGGIES AND THE OUTDOORS More restaurants and parks catering to pups Workin' for a Living! BY BERIT MASON

Dogs with Jobs

Guess who was enjoying The Cove the “Both of our locations have pet-friendly other weekend? patios, and we are very excited to introduce BY BERIT MASON ‘Puppyritas.’” Your faithful friend, Roxie! More restaurants are adding outdoor La Gloria has been voted Best Margarita seating because of the pandemic, which in San Antonio for the past four years. The San Antonio International Airport is HUGE! means a hearty welcome for pups. “So, we figured it was about time our It recently broke a record, flying some A 15,000 people A DAY, few years ago, dogs sat home on the furry friends enjoyed them too! What’s in for a total of 10.36 million passengers couch, in 2019. and it was too hot to wait in the car. our Puppyrita? Only dog-friendly chicken Passengers most certainly frequent the airport, but pups do too. broth and ice.” But backyard dining means a new cafe Meet Bella. Money made from the puppy beverage society, where pups hang out with their Bella is a petite dog with light, wavy hair, offering everyone helps The Cannoli Fund, a volunteer families, people watching too. she meets the sweetest smile. Several hours a week, Bella and Not only is Fido invited, but eateries are brigade of King William and Lavaca owner Bonnie Gioiello roam the airport, searching out the tired, also serving up doggy refreshments. La residents caring for neighborhood animals. Airport therapy dogs help soothe people who may be upset because of a the weary, and the bored. Gloria at the Pearl has drinks on tap for pups. Restaurants embraced the idea of long wait, delayed orhave cancelled flight. “If they look up and smile, they are a dog lover. If they don't, dogs and cats sitting around their eatery, “La Gloria loves puppies!” says Juliana showing themselves off as available for Ibarra, Director of Brand Communications. 34 APRIL 38 JUNE2020 2021| 78209magazine.com | 78209magazine.com


adoption. A pub in Oregon called Fido’s offers a variety of draft beers along with a variety of dogs to visit with—all looking for a home. theCool community was at looking for a dog, Doc was introduced Beans Cafe La Cantera offers two-footed customers coffee wine, while a menu soon will at Franklin Park as aorpossible addition. Andcoming after meeting the cater friendly to their four-footed friends, complete “Everyone with “dog beer” large, animal, as David remembers, was and a by doghis food platter. beauty and overall calm.” After a struck gentleness, This restaurant theme started(and about ten years ago with short trial period, Doc formally eagerly) was accepted “cat cafes,” where tea room customers enjoyed a scone while by staff and residents for duty. And he and his new pals have visiting with adorable and adoptable cats. been lapping it up ever since. Most restaurants welcoming pups are places withimpaired outdoor Doc with the residents, especially those To see seating. Bring Fido.com lists those places. They cite that with memory issues, is, as David admits, “incredible.” He exthere are 316 places in San Antonio where your dog is plains, “People who are usually nonresponsive due to their welcome. 316! conditions become more alert and animated in Doc’s presAnd if you need some exercise afterward, there’s a new ence. Some who seldom ever say anything will speak to him, place for walking, running, and greeting other dogs. offer affectionate patsand while seemingly remembering their “San Antonio Parks Recreation announces the opening former dogs. It’s quite moving.” Whoever Doc encounters, of a new dog park and enhancements at Maverick Park,” whether hale the reactions allatseem toBroadway. be posistates the Cityorofimpaired, San Antonio. It’s located 1000 tive. People just like pets, and when thisfenced four-footed staffer “The new one-acre dog park includes sections makes an appearance in any and part aofsection the community, for all dogs to enjoy together for small moods lighten and smiles appear. dogs, drinking fountain with a pet fountain, and mutt mitt So with Doc given free at Franklin dispensers. Additional park roaming amenitiesprivileges include new picnic Park residents, quite frankly, all a little ga-ga over tablesand andthe seating, landscaping, a Portland Loo restroom, and trash recycle him, life isand good – forbins.” Doc and his many new friends. The Maverick lower Broadway, just north program hasPark beenissoon successful that Franklin Park of will be indowntown, but there is a lot of construction going there, troducing dogs to its other properties in the comingonmonths. so be careful. It really has been—and continues to be — a win-win situa“Residents dogpractitioner. companions“Please now have a tion, thanks toand this their very furry pet-able scratch great place to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature,” behind my ears!” says Director of Parks and Recreation, Homer Garcia III. It is our city’s 16th dog park. San Antonio is becoming as dog-friendly as Europe! “We are glad to see this project come to life. The activation of the park makes for an amazing gathering place for the immediate area as well as a destination for dog owners and people throughout the city,” says Joe Alderete III of the Friends of Maverick Dog Park.

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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

Our God-Sized Challenges

So much, so fast is happening these days, it’s hard to make sense of it all. Keeping up with it seems challenging enough, and trying to get ahead of it – well that’s a Godsized challenge. Which is exactly our situation. Our tensions in America. India’s plight with COVID. Bombs again exploding in Israel & the West Bank/Gaza. And on it goes! All of this and more is mixed in the contrast of great news that is also happening. People helping each other. People praying, smiling, laughing, crying, sharing and working so everyone can get ahead by each one doing their part. And for each of us, the call of Jesus continues, “Come! Follow Me! And I will make you into someone who can change the world as a fisher of people.” How? Well it is something we can all do and must do. Jesus explained, “Love each other as I have loved you. By this people will know and see that you are my disciples by how you love them.’’ This is the God-sized challenge we are called to live in times like these.

Les Hollon, PhD Senior Pastor

Summer Schedule

9am Worship @ Mulberry 10:15am Bible Study @ Mulberry 11:30am Worship @ TriPoint facebook /tbcsanantonio www.trinitybaptist.org

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

Connect with Us

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ost restaurants are running between 50% and 75% capacity whether it be dine-in, curbside or delivery. Those that are open for dining in my require reservations. Masks are required unless you are sitting at your table, unless you are advised otherwise by the restaurant. Regulations and guidelines can change at anytime due to COVID-19. You will want to call or check restaurant websites before making your dining plans. AMERICAN

$ Most Entrees under $10 $$ Most entrees $10 - $20 $$$ Most entrees over $20

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 $

Brunch (BR) Reservations Suggested (R) Patio (P) Live Venue (LV)

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)

With the warmer weather and Fiesta this month, Ceviche Del Mar at La Paloma is a perfect choice for lunch or dinner. It is fresh cooked fish with cilantro, onion and tomato in a lime juice and olive oil based marinade and is served chilled with sliced Hass avocado and crackers. It’s both festive and refreshing. 42 JUNE 2021 | 78209magazine.com

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 $ 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) ASIAN 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 $ 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 $$ (P) HANZO An Asian gastropub serving innovative cocktails and appetizers. 7701 Broadway, Suite 124 | 210-826-1488 hanzobar.com $$ 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 $-$$ OSAKA JAPANESE STEAK AND SUSHI Japanese steak and sushi with hibachi tables where chefs cook and perform for audiences. 4902 Broadway | 210-822-0300 osakasteaknsushi.com $-$$ (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) BARBECUE 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 $ 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 $$$ (BR) COMMONWEALTH COFFEEHOUSE AND BAKERY Coffee, latte, cappuccino, espresso plus artisanal French pastries, savory croissants, sandwiches, soups, salads, crepes and more. 118 Davis Court | 210-560-2955 commonwealthcoffeehouse.com $ (P) FREDERICK’S French fusion curine prepared by chef Frederick Costa. A wonderful culinary experience with dishes that feature flounder, roasted duck, escargot and more. 7701 Broadway | 210-828-9050 www.frederickssa.com $$ - $$$ HOFBRAU & BEER GARDEN A beer garden and popular happy hour destination with hearty food. Offerings include German schnitzel, a chicken-fried rib-eye and brisket nachos. 7310 Jones Maltsberger | 210-290-8066 quarryhofbrau.com $ LA MADELEINE A quaint French country cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with rustic interior stone fireplaces and quiet nooks where you can relax. Sip on a delicious cup of tea, enjoy buttery croissants, housemade pastries, French onion soup, beef bourguignon or chicken cordon bleu pasta. 4820 Broadway | 210-829-7291 lamadeleine.com $-$$

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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 $-$$

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 $$ (P) MEXICO LINDO Delicious Mexican cuisine including a full assortment of appetizers, salads, soups, tacos, combination plates, hamburgers, tortas, and family orders of fajitas. 555 E. Basse Rd., Ste. 113 210-310-3767 $$ 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 $$ (P) SOLUNA COCINA MEXICANA Trendy upscale Mexican restaurant with a lively happy hour, impressive margaritas, Tex -Mex favorites and a colorful patio. 7959 Broadway, #204 | 210-930-8070 Solunasa.com $$-$$$ (P) TOMATILLO’S CANTINA Brightly colored decor, lively music and great food. They feature an extensive list of flavored margaritas, tableside flaming queso flameado, enchiladas, fish and shrimp tacos, sizzling fajitas and more. 3210 Broadway | 210-824-3005 tomatillos.com $$ 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 $ - $$ GRIMALDI’S PIZZA Casual, Brooklyn-based pizzeria chain serving brick-oven pizzas and calzones. 330 E. Basse, #101 | 210-832-8288 grimaldispizzeria.com $$

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 $

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Eat In ‘09

A True American Grill for Everyone BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON

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t’s that moment we all dread, and we’ve all been there. We have family and friends assembled, trying to decide where to go to dinner, but nobody can agree, and everyone starts to get frustrated. Then somebody says, “I wish there was a place that has something for everyone.” Well, there is, right around the corner.

Stonewerks Big Rock Grille has four San Antonio locations, but the original concept began right here in Alamo Heights. Originally housed in the building now occupied by Ida Claire, across from The Quarry, Stonewerks opened their doors in 1995 with the goal of bringing fresh, upscale casual American fare to the city. The idea was to take that rustic, old building and turn it into something special. Stonewerks became THE place to go, and it was an instant success. It continued to thrive and grow for 17 years in that location, but eventually, the company decided that they needed more space and a bigger kitchen so that the concept and the menu could expand. The restaurant relocated to the corner of Broadway and Basse, in the Lincoln Heights shopping center, in November 2011. After an extensive décor upgrade and remodel, they reopened, attracting new diners from across the city. The move paid off, allowing the Stonewerks brand to grow into their other locations, and creating the space needed to enhance the menu and bar program. Currently, the kitchen is led by Executive Chef Dirk Troop. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Chef Dirk has been at the helm of kitchens across the U.S. and in Costa Rica. He has called San Antonio home for nine years now, and fell in love with the city when he moved here to take over the culinary duties at the Westin La Cantera Resort. Married with two children, he states, “I wanted to put down roots with my family, and San Antonio just felt like home. I love the people and the diversity of the food culture in this city.” The menu at Stonewerks is very chef-driven, and Chef Dirk is excited to bring new dishes to the menu as the restaurant transitions into summer and more people begin to venture out socially following the pandemic. On a recent visit, he was excited to highlight some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. Stonewerks has always been known for its outstanding raw bar, and it is still a destination for many of the restaurant’s guests. You can get fresh Gulf oysters every day of the week, with several preparation options available. For the purists, slurp them down raw with just a touch of Tabasco, or try their always popular Oysters Rockefeller, baked with diced bacon, Monterrey jack cheese, and smothered with Rockefeller

sauce. They are also now featuring their Louisiana Grilled Oysters for the summer, finished with a lemon garlic butter sauce, and topped with parmesan and Romano cheese. For the carnivores in the group, you must stop by for dinner on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday for their Rotisserie Prime Rib. Served with the smoothest mashed potatoes, you’ll ever eat and seasonal sautéed vegetables, this dish will make any night a special occasion. Another delicious favorite is the Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwich, served with fries. The chicken breast is hearty and tender and is served with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and chipotle mayo. There is even a Nashville Hot Fried Chicken version for the ambitious foodies. The restaurant is also known for its outstanding pizzas and flatbreads. They make the dough and the pizza sauce inhouse, using only the freshest ingredients, slow-cooked for hours. Order the Supreme “That’s A Pizza,” featuring pepperoni, Black Forest ham, Italian sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, black and green olives, and three different kinds of cheese as a starter for the entire table, Or, pick one up to take home for dinner as a treat after a busy day. Stonewerks has one of the most beautiful bars in town, and their craft cocktail menu is stellar. The bar hosts Happy Hour from 3:00 to 6:00 on weekdays, and you can indulge with half-priced appetizers and drink specials to kick off your evenings. Just in time for summer, Stonewerks will be featuring their deliciously refreshing frosé. This frozen rosé wine cocktail is just sweet enough to entice you to order a second one as you sit and enjoy the San Antonio summer on their spacious patio. They are hoping to bring back its live music series later this summer also. The restaurant considers itself a “Rustic American Grille” and draws a diverse crowd of local diners, from business lunches to family dinners. When asked why diners return to Stonewerks, General Manager Priscilla Ledger states, “A person could come in every day for two months straight, and try something new on the menu every day.” The food is consistently outstanding, the atmosphere is warm and inviting, and in an industry that has been turned upside down this past year, Stonewerks is a hometown favorite that will continue to succeed and prosper for many generations to come. 78209magazine.com | JUNE 2021 47


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NARCOTICS VIOLATION, MAIL THEFT, FORGERY, CREDIT CARD ABUSE, FICTITIOUS IDENTIFICATION, FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM, WANTED PERSON Officers responded to a bank drive thru and detained a male and a female subject attempting to cash a forged check for $3,100. Further investigation discovered additional forged checks, a credit card machine, counterfeit credit cards, fictitious identification, stolen mail, marijuana and over 50 grams of methamphetamine. A firearm was also found in the backpack of the male subject who is a convicted felon. A third subject arrived on the scene claiming the male subject called him to pick up the vehicle. A routine identification check discovered an active warrant issued by Frio County for assault/family violence/strangulation. 5/5/21 5700 blk Broadway ASSAULT/FAMILY VIOLENCE/ STRANGULATION, INTERFERENCE WITH EMERGENCY CALL The ex-wife of a male subject physically

attacked and choked him because he would not drop pending charges against her for a prior assault/family violence. The male subject attempted to call 9-1-1 but the ex-wife knocked the phone away from him during the assault. The ex-wife left before police were summoned. 5/5/21 6600 blk Broadway RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE, WANTED PERSON Officers conducted a traffic violation contact on a vehicle that was speeding and driving without lights during darkness. An initial check of the vehicle’s license plate discovered the vehicle was reported stolen out of San Antonio. The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody for auto theft and an active arrest warrant for probation violations. 5/6/21 5200 blk Broadway WANTED PERSON Male under investigation for assault committed the previous day was found to have an active arrest warrant issued by Bexar County of assault/family violence. The subject was located by his ankle monitor and taken into custody. 5/6/21 6600 blk Broadway EMERGENCY DETENTION Officers made contact with a male subject reported sleeping on the ground. Investigation revealed the subject was in mental crisis and had not taken prescribed drugs for a long period of time. The subject was transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. 5/8/21

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