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MAG A ZI N E

Those Who Work Together David & Donna Adams

Updated Story:

Putting Family First

Mobius Partners


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Contents

DEPARTMENTS

FEATURES

20 Business Profile

14 In the Loop

Two teenage boys had no idea that they would reconnect 20 years later and start Mobius Partners, now one of the most sought-after cyber security and IT document handlers in the country.

24 On the Market

22 Meet Your Neighbors

36 Calendar

30 School News

38 Ask Roxie

Financial Advisors, David and Donna Adams found themselves working side by side out of their home when the pandemic hit. They had to make some adjustments but quickly fell into the new way of doing business.

46 Dining

26 Neighborhood News

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

Frederick’s has been a popular neighborhood bistro known for its delicious culinary delights since 2000. The key to decades of success is the owner’s ability to combine his heritage and experience uniquely combining French and Asian cuisine.

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Editor’s Letter

April Is it just me, or does our world seem to be opening up? It sure does feel nice to be getting back to a semi-normalcy. I think being able to get outside in the sunshine makes everything better. No doubt the kids on the front cover are happy to be outside! Like so many of you, I have such fond memories of Little league baseball with my boys. For those of you who are in the thick of it and feel like you’re running crazy or spending all of your time at the baseball field, enjoy every minute. Those Little leaguers grow up, and then you wonder where the time went. We regret that there was an error in the Business Profile in the March issue. We want to offer our most sincere apologies to Mobius Partners and to our readers. As a result, we are running the correct story in this issue. This this month’s Business Profile is about two men who met as teenagers at Central Catholic High School. Twenty years later, they reconnected and started a small business that has become one of the most sought-after cybersecurity and IT document handlers in the country. And their headquarters is right here in the neighborhood. Meet Your Neighbors, David and Donna Adams. Marrying in 1985, they began their life together in Alamo Heights. Although they moved away to live elsewhere a few times, Alamo Heights was home, and they settled in for good in 2013. Not only have they managed to do something that many couples can’t do, but they do it well. David and Donna are both financial advisors, and they’re also business partners helping clients throughout San Antonio through their company, The Adams Group. Many of you may have dined at Frederick’s on Broadway, and chances are, you loved the food. But what you may not know is the back story behind the owner. His story is unique, and his heritage and experiences have helped him build his neighborhood bistro that has stood the test of time. Frederick’s fusion of Vietnamese and French flavors makes for some delicious culinary delights, including the decadent Shrimp and Mushroom Dumplings. It’s going to be a beautiful spring! I hope you have the chance to get outside, plant some flowers, take a walk and visit with your neighbors and friends. Enjoy the sunshine,

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AL RENDON Photographer Mobius Partners Celebrates 20 years in the Heart of ‘09 BY CHRISTIE CUTHBERT PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON 20 APRIL 2021 | 78209magazine.com

78209magazine.com The best of ‘09, anytime, anywhere.

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.

A Lifetime Partnership BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON

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M AG A Z I N E

Those Who Work Together David & Donna Adams

Updated Story:

Putting Family First

Mobius Partners

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BERIT MASON

RON EISENBURG

Writer

Writer

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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MAG AZINE

Those Who Work Together David & Donna Adams

Updated Story:

Putting Family First

Mobius Partners

Spring has begun and so has America’s favorite pastime. Baseball has captivated kids for decades. With the help of the Alamo Heights Little League (AHLL) president, Todd Allison, photographer Al Rendon caught some players before they headed off to the field. Thousands of ’09 kids have learned to play baseball through Alamo Heights Little League since its inception in 1949. The ball park located on Alamo Heights Boulevard was renamed Billy Blake Park in 2019 after an AHLL board member, friend, and mentor, and coach. Alamo Heights Little League programs are open to boys and girls ages 4-16 beginning with T-Ball and including all levels of baseball and softball programs from Coach Pitch all the way up to Juniors. They also have a Challenger League for kids with special needs. Also pictured are some volunteer high school coaches who assist with the Challenger League. In its 72nd year, Alamo Heights Little League has been able to give the kids of 78209 the best possible experience thanks to thousands of amazing volunteers.

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In the Loop AHHS Sophomore Eyes 2024 Olympics, Competes in Modern Pentathlon BY RON AARON EISENBERG

For 15-year old Lulu McCutchen, Modern Pentathlon gives her the opportunity to do something few others can do – compete in five events that mimic what cavalry soldiers in the 19th century were expected to master. The five events in the modern pentathlon are fencing, swimming, horseback riding and jumping, pistol shooting, and running. It is a demanding competition, all done in one day. 14 APRIL 2021 | 78209magazine.com

In March, McCutcheon competed in an Olympic Qualifier in Colorado Springs. According to her dad, Paul McCutchen, only the top 14 competitors in the country were invited to compete in the event. She finished 8th. In July, she will compete in Egypt in the Youth World Championships. Her dad will accompany her as he does on all of her travels.


McCutchen told 78209 Magazine she loves the travel and enjoys the competition. “I like how it is different. No one else really does it. It’s my own thing.” Her fencing coach was the one who recommended she try modern pentathlon. McCutchen writes on her webpage, “Monica Fling Rowland pulled me aside during fencing practice one evening in 2014 to invite me to be on Team Texas

Pentathlon! The following summer in 2015, I won my first National Championship! I’ve been competing hard ever since.” Her goal is to compete in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, the 2028 Olympic Games in LA, and Qatar’s 2032 Olympic Games. At Heights, McCutchen is on track, cross country, and swimming teams.

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In the Loop Frida Kahlo Exhibition Coming to Botanical Gardens in May

Making its world debut, Frida Kahlo Oasis brings to life Frida Kahlo’s deep connection with Mexican native vegetation and the natural world. In this mesmerizing exhibition, visitors will be transported through a unique environment of shades, scents, sounds, and sights. The exhibit will run from May 8 through November 2, 2021. Casa Azul’s garden will occupy a 2,100-square-foot space nestled in the heart of the Botanical Garden, protected by giant oak trees and overflowing with native Mexican plants and a mixture of tropical foliage and desert plants, including elephant ears, bougainvillea, agave, and marigolds. Explore

Kahlo’s garden’s famous landmarks at Casa Azul, such as the pyramid that displayed Diego Rivera’s pre-Hispanic collection, the frog-themed fountain, and Kahlo’s desk and easel. The exhibition will also feature six monumental animals – a dog, monkey, deer, butterfly, parrot, and hummingbird – which often appear in Kahlo’s artworks as a testimonial to her passion for Mexican Arte Popular. Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter best known for her uncompromising and brilliantly colored self-portraits that deal with such themes as identity, the human body, and death.

Despite Governor’s Order, Many Businesses Requiring Masks In early March, Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted Covid-19 restrictions, including mask-wearing, declaring Texas is now open for business. The order also lifted occupancy limits on businesses in the state. But H-E-B and other companies, like Target and many businesses in Alamo Heights and neighboring San Antonio, are still requiring masks. Some box stores are requiring masks. Others are not. There will be signs at entrances notifying customers about the mask policy. At The Barn Door Restaurant, occupancy will remain limited to fifty percent, and patrons and staff will be 16 APRIL 2021 | 78209magazine.com

required to wear masks. Similarly, Cappy’s on Broadway, The Hayden, and Paloma Blanca Mexican Restaurant all require masks. As with box stores, there will be signs at entrances notifying customers about a restaurants’ mask policy. The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, and the DoSeum Children’s Museum will all continue to require masks on staff and patrons. Jefferson Bank, Frost, and Wells Fargo have all said they will continue their mask-wearing and occupancy requirements, even though the mask mandate has been lifted.


In the Loop New Olmos Park Restaurant To Feature American Style Food Chef Justin Ward and his wife, Cristina, recently opened their new eatery, Glass and Plate Restaurant. Occupying a 6,000 square foot space, it is located in Olmos Park on McCullough where Hearthstone Bakery used to be. According to a news release on the venture, the restaurant will serve American cuisine with European influences, for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, along with a full bar amid a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Before Glass and Plate Restaurant, Chef Ward was most recently a professor at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at both the San Antonio and New York campuses. He spent two semesters in Southern Italy as the instructor for the CIA’s Italian Concentration Program. Chef Ward is a CIA graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Chef Ward was the owner of two successful restaurants in Atlanta and has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality and education industries. He has used the Culinary Institute of America as a valuable resource to staff his restaurant with current and former students. His wife, Cristina, who will oversee the front of the house, has extensive experience in the foodservice industry, having worked as a server at upscale restaurants in Italy and in her

native Romania. She also has an advanced gelato course certificate and a commercial operator and administration food and beverage certificate. The restaurant space has room for 14 at the bar, 30 outside, and 80 in the main dining room. Those numbers, of course, will be less until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

New Counseling Service Opens in Carousel Center at Nacogdoches & North New Braunfels Don’t be surprised if you find Duane Snape, M.A., LPC, crawling on the floor, playing with kids’ toys. A licensed professional counselor, Snape is also certified in play therapy, enabling him to provide mental health counseling for children as young as threeyears-of-age. Chosen for Hope Counseling is located on Nacogdoches in the Carousel Center. “It’s a beautiful neighborhood. I like the feel of the businesses in the Carousel Courts. It doesn’t give you the storefront shopping center feel; Snape told 78209 Magazine. He counsels patients from age three on up. “I am seeing a lot of stress in families. People are looking for ways to cope and looking for normalcy. COVID-19 and self-quarantining have been very difficult on individuals and their families.” He added, “Counseling can help people get their feet back on the ground.” Snape spent 22 years in the Army working in mental

health. He retired as a Sergeant first Class and went into private practice after his military service. He said he welcomes veterans and their families. “Much of my experience was gained during my service in the Army, helping veterans and their families who were faced with a wide variety of mental health challenges. “During my military service, I gained expertise in combat stress, post-traumatic stress, military transitions and deployment, marriage and family therapy, depression, suicide, anger management, stress management, and critical incidents related to traumatic events. As a military veteran, I understand the challenges of serving and the mission of transitioning after service.” Some of his patients come to his office, but most prefer telehealth, with COVID-19 still a threat. There are five clinicians in his office.

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• Individual Counseling • Solution-Focused Therapy • Psychological, Education, And Neurodevelopmental Testing • Parent Coaching • Psychotherapy • Trauma-Focused Therapy • Group Therapy


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Business Profile

Mobius Partners Celebrates 20 years in the Heart of ‘09 BY CHRISTIE CUTHBERT PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON 20 APRIL 2021 | 78209magazine.com


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residents Jay Uribe and Junab Ali met back when they were just teenagers at Central Catholic High School. They had no idea back then they’d eventually reconnect later in life, start a small business together, and 20 years later would become one of the most sought-after cybersecurity and IT document handlers in the country. Mobius Partners, headquartered in ‘09, began as two guys brokering hardware computer parts to different end-customers. It’s grown into a multi-faceted business that handles everything from virtual workspace, security, analytics, and service management. Uribe and Ali have watched technology’s role in business change drastically over the past two decades, from hard drives the size of refrigerators to cloud storage. “When we first started, email was still a very new thing for businesses,” Uribe said. “Much of our business then was hardware, and now so much is being done with the cloud that we’re more on the software side.” From big companies to small, Mobius Partners has played a huge role in getting businesses in San Antonio and all over the country operating successfully since the pandemic began in March 2020. “One day we were all working in our offices, and then all of a sudden overnight we can’t work within six feet of each other anymore,” Uribe said. “At Mobius, we enable a company’s infrastructure to do remote working. We set up their IT structure, security, and their home office laptop. We enable that to happen from small businesses to large corporations.” The shift in work structure has allowed businesses to create a more flexible work/life balance for employees, something Ali believes will continue after the pandemic is behind us. “We’ve been a very flexible work environment here at Mobius for ten plus years now,” he said. “When you think of all the bad things that have happened, the fortunate part is

so many people being able to work successfully from home. Before, someone may have never made a 4 p.m. baseball practice with their child, but now can possibly move things around and make that happen.” Uribe added that before Covid, the tech industry was already beginning to trend toward a more flexible work model. The pandemic simply sped up the process of changing the structure. “If you look at Millennials and what they want in a job, many are looking for professional flexibility,” he said. “They don’t want to be tied down to a specific location.” Some wouldn’t think of San Antonio as a home for a highly successful tech company, but Uribe and Ali say being in the Alamo City has many benefits. The central time zone allows them to tend to the needs of customers on both coasts in a timely manner, and Texas is a great place to do business and live. “Texas is such a friendly, diverse place to do business,” Uribe said. “You can see that now in so many companies moving their headquarters here. We also have offices in Dallas and Houston and are fortunate to have long-standing working relationships with clients.” Mobius also likes to give back to the’09 community, sponsoring sports teams of their employees’ kids and more. “We are a family first organization,” said Director of Marketing Liz Lovelace. “If something is happening at home, we say that comes first, then Mobius. We’re definitely a family here. It’s a remarkable culture.”

From big companies to small, Mobius Partners has played a huge role in getting businesses in San Antonio and all over the country operating successfully since the pandemic began in March 2020.

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Meet Your Neighbors

A Lifetime Partnership BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON

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rue partnerships that work are a rare find in today’s world, but for one local couple, the path to their successful partnership has been both a labor and a love for over 35 years.

David and Donna Adams are a dynamic force together, both in business and in life. Working side by side as financial advisors out of their home for over a year, they have created a cohesive workspace and have found a way to thrive during this difficult time. They are known as The Adams Group, and they operate their partnership under the umbrella of Morgan Stanley. Usually, they office out of the McCombs Plaza building on the corner of East Mulberry and North St. Mary’s. But since the pandemic hit, they have had to pivot and readjust to this new way of doing business, meeting with clients online via video-conferencing, and handling all aspects of their business virtually. They met on a blind date and married in 1985. As young, ambitious professionals, they began their partnership in the Alamo Heights community in 1989, working together until their daughters were born. David and Donna have two daughters. Laura, age 29, has a degree in cybersecurity and is married with an eight-month-old son. Elizabeth, age 26, has an opera degree and is currently working on her master’s degree to become a health coach. Laura now works for her parents as their marketing director and client relations specialist, managing their client events, website, and marketing efforts. David and Donna have always worked well together, so five years ago, Donna decided to renew her license and rejoin her husband as a financial advisor. The Adams Group describes their partnership as “a multi-generational wealth management team that provides personalized guidance to a select group of individuals in the San Antonio community.” And their mission is to help their clients “through long-term relationships based on education, support, and trust.” David is a third-generation San Antonian and grew up in Alamo Heights, while Donna was born in France, where her father was stationed in the military. Her family ultimately landed in the San Antonio area, where her father retired, and she has called Texas home ever since. Both were educated here as well. Donna attended Southwest Texas State University, and David is a graduate of Trinity University, with a master’s degree from U.T.S.A. Although they love their community very much, life has taken them out of San Antonio a couple of times. First to Fredericksburg, where they lived for three years from 1997 to 2000, before returning to the Alamo City, and then to Tennessee in 2010, where they fell in love with the land while on vacation and bought a 50-acre farm. However, David’s commute back and forth between Texas and Tennessee became too much, and the family returned home in 2013.

Everyone in our neighborhood is so friendly, and throughout this pandemic lockdown, people have been so supportive, and it has strengthened our sense of community. Now, the couple takes advantage of all of the amenities their ‘09 community has to offer. They spend their free time walking the beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods and patronizing some of their favorite local businesses. The Adams also very much enjoy gardening and growing their own organic fruits and vegetables. They are very proud of their garden, spending a lot of their time outdoors. “We love that everything we need is so close, and we never even really have to get on the highway. Everyone in our neighborhood is so friendly, and throughout this pandemic lockdown, people have been so supportive, and it has strengthened our sense of community.” David and Donna claim that their current home is still “a work in progress” and that they are slowly updating and remodeling the house where they intend to stay for a while. 78209magazine.com | APRIL 2021 23


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Neighborhood News Area Fire Chiefs Offer Tips On Fire Prevention Including Home Inspections to Prevent Fires BY RON AARON EISENBERG

Terrell Hills Fire Chief Billy Knupp told 78209 Magazine the city will inspect homes to let residents know about potential fire hazards. “We call them in-home safety surveys. The crews have the city divided, and they go door to door and offer the service. We also talk about it on our website, and people can sign up for a survey from the website. The third way we offer is when we are at calls that turn out to be non-emergent, we will provide the service for the resident then. “We explain that we walk around the home with the owner and show them fire hazards that they may not think about in their day-to-day lives. We have a check sheet we go off of, and they get a copy. Some of our residents have turned those sheets in to their homeowner’s insurance, and they have even received a small discount. Alamo Heights Fire Chief Michael Gdovin shared information on their fire inspection program. “The firefighters schedule a time to inspect the home for any fire safety issues and mitigate or offer solutions for issues, thus preventing an accident or injury. It’s not a ‘code compliance’ inspection. It may be difficult to go into the citizen’s homes during COVID precautions, but we can also walk through the checklist with them over the phone via Facetime.” Olmos Park fire department also offers home safety inspections. The City of San Antonio fire department only does home fire safety inspections if a resident is applying to be a foster parent. Many home fires are preventable. FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS: MAKE SURE WE CAN FIND YOU! Don’t wait until you have an emergency to find out that your home’s address numbers are missing, faded, or hidden by your landscaping. Take the time now to inspect the front of your home. The Fire Department recommends that your address numbers be at least 4 inches tall and visible from the front street. Address numbers that are illuminated or reflective are especially helpful at night. 26 APRIL 2021 | 78209magazine.com

BE CAREFUL WHEN COOKING OUTDOORS. Don’t let a backyard BBQ ruin your day. BBQ pits (gas or charcoal) should never be placed on your deck or within 10 feet of your home. This includes attached porches and balconies. Proper care should always be taken when disposing of coals or ash. Ash and coals from a BBQ pit on a deck can easily fall below the decking, starting a fire that will quickly spread. Always closely supervise your cooking and have a water source or fire extinguisher nearby. WATCH YOUR COOKING Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove. GIVE SPACE HEATERS SPACE Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep. SMOKE OUTSIDE Ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers. Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock. INSPECT ELECTRICAL CORDS Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections.


BE CAREFUL WHEN USING CANDLES Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep. INSTALL SMOKE ALARMS Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the house. When one sounds, they all sound. TEST SMOKE ALARMS Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps,” telling you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than ten years old. INSTALL SPRINKLERS If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive. HAVE A HOME FIRE ESCAPE PLAN Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year. Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®)

Negotiations for Broadway Redevelopment When asked about the Broadway redevelopment, Alamo Heights City Manager Buddy Kuhn told 78209 Magazine, “The city is negotiating with an engineering firm that will serve as a liaison between us and TXDOT, who is the manager of the project. They will be evaluating every portion of the design to ensure the city’s needs are met, including possibly reusing the existing underground storm tunnel or a portion of it to some degree along in conjunction with the proposed new culverts that will be installed as part of the voter-approved $13.25 million GO bonds for this component of the project.” “Additionally, we are beginning preliminary work on the replacement of the water and sewer lines, many of which are over 50 years old. As stated in the bond education program, the city will issue additional debt to cover this expense from the water utility fund, and the water rate increase approved by the city council in 2018 will cover this expense.” Kuhn added, “We do not have a tentative start date yet, and even if we did, I would be skeptical about releasing even a preliminary date due to too many moving parts that could affect the start date. Currently, TXDOT is continuing work on the environmental portion of the project and the historical component. Both portions must be completed before moving forward. “There will be an additional public meeting later this year, likely in the fall sometime.” 78209magazine.com | APRIL 2021 27


Neighborhood News Bexar County Deputies Rescue Tiger Cub and Bobcat

San Antonio Zoo has become the temporary home for a tiger cub and bobcat recently confiscated by the Bexar County Sherriff’s office. The tiger cub is believed to be 14 weeks old, and the bobcat is believed to be five years of age. The zoo reported, “Upon arrival at the zoo, animal care and veterinarian staff’s visual assessment leads us to believe that both cats are in poor condition, most likely caused by malnutrition and poor general care. Our team is already at work providing both cats the proper care and nutrition they need until their forever home is found. “San Antonio Zoo frequently works with law enforcement, rescue organizations, and sanctuaries when animals are 28 APRIL 2021 | 78209magazine.com

illegally trafficked or kept as pets. In this specific case, we provide safe housing and veterinarian care for both the tiger and bobcat until we receive further instructions from the Bexar County Sheriff’s office.” This is the third tiger sighting/case in San Antonio and Bexar County in the last six weeks. “Illegal animal trafficking is a global problem, and obviously, San Antonio is not immune to this,” said Tim Morrow, President & CEO of the San Antonio Zoo. “We’re grateful to Sheriff Salazar, his officers, Animal Care Services, and San Antonio Police for their work on these cases and for aggressively prosecuting those committing animal cruelty in our community.”


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School News THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS OF ‘09

AHISD HONORS CAMPUS TEACHERS OF THE YEAR, NAMES DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR Alamo Heights ISD announced the Campus Teachers of the Year for each of the district’s five campuses. Honorees were selected by their peers and will represent their campus throughout 2021. Honorees included: 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 district honored these outstanding teachers during the board meeting in February, announcing the district-level Teacher of the Year, Bryan Stanton, in an announcement also presented live on Facebook and YouTube. The district honoree will move on to compete for the Trinity Prize and Region 20 ESC Teacher of the Year and be recognized as the Principle Auto Car-4-All-Seasons Outstanding Teacher. Meet AHISD’s extraordinary Campus Teachers of the Year: CARLY LEECH Campus Bilingual Coordinator/Bilingual Interventionist, Howard Early Childhood Center “I became enthralled by the idea of bilingual education, which eventually led me to San Antonio in pursuit of a career helping English learners reach high levels of achievement, bilingualism, and biliteracy in English and Spanish. In addition to my passion for supporting emerging bilingual students, I have become deeply involved in weekend volunteer work supporting families seeking asylum in the United States. I work with the Interfaith Welcome Coalition (IWC) to help immigrant families who were approved by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to plead their cases in court to be released from Texas family detention centers to travel to their sponsors. These parents, mostly women, and their children are fleeing extremely violent and unstable living conditions from many countries. Some have been separated from their children by ICE. When I first learned that most families leaving the immigration detention centers are dropped off at the bus terminal with next to nothing, having exhausted their travel funds, there was no turning back for me. I had to help them in any way I could; it doesn’t even feel like a choice. Just like the way my students bring me joy and strength, the families I help bring me strength and perspective.” Principal Susan Peery shares, “As an Interventionist, Carly has embraced our children with special needs and persevered to provide extra support in reading from a general education perspective. She demonstrates passion and persistence and seeks help and support from her colleagues in special education to best serve the children. When identifying her core values, Carly embraces love and advocacy. She leans into these two values in all that she does. She has a gentle strength and a loving heart for children, their families, and her colleagues.” MARIANA MEDARIS Campus Bilingual Coordinator/Bilingual Interventionist, Cambridge Elementary “An outstanding teacher seeks to understand and know their students. An exceptional teacher creates a culturally inclusive classroom learning environment where students become compassionate, confident citizens with a strong sense of identity and worth. An exceptional teacher inspires lifelong learning by offering engaging, challenging, and culturally relevant experiences where students feel successful and empowered.” Principal Jana Hawkins shares, “When we have new EL families that register at Cambridge, Mariana spends time with them and helps develop their sense of belonging. Starting with her very first introduction, she builds a relationship with the family. She makes great classroom placement decisions based on student abilities that ensure the student the best start to their learning at Cambridge. She has taken a personal interest in ensuring that all of our EL Families are fully informed and feel comfortable with their child’s learning. Her heart for helping students, teachers, and families is genuine. She has a passion for making sure that there is equity in their opportunities and learning.” 30 APRIL 2021 | 78209magazine.com


BARBARA IVERSON Physical Education Teacher, Woodridge Elementary “Physical Education teachers are fortunate in that we have the privilege of serving the entire student body. For me, building relationships with every child that enters my gym and embracing opportunities to support the integration of whole group game instruction and differentiated skills stations to meet the needs of my students allows them to be successful, challenge themselves to step outside of their comfort zones, and, most of all, have fun! I love watching my students engage and grow physically and socially while enjoying new, innovative activities.” Principal Gerrie Spellmann shares, “Barbara Iverson makes an impact on the lives of her students in PE. She not only works to develop skills within the physical realm but fosters relationships with students. She makes PE fun and exciting no matter the time of year! She is a team player in every sense of the word. She helps develop innovative initiatives from which all students can benefit and is always dependable and well organized. Barbara is conscientious, dedicated, and one that serves our students and school community with an upbeat attitude and big heart.”

MICHAEL McELRATH Texas History Teacher, Alamo Heights Junior School Football & Track Coach, Alamo Heights High School “I believe one of the most important aspects of teaching is building relationships and rapport with my students and colleagues. First, it is important to establish a solid base of trust and mutual respect to build the educational process upon. I want to be known for my ability to motivate and teach any individual into their best performance and version of themselves. Teaching makes me better, and I am blessed to give that back to my students.” Principal, Laura Ancira, shared, “Michael models and practices his values and beliefs every day with a caring heart. This speaks volumes about his teaching philosophy: respect, love, empathy, courage, dignity, resilience and humility are the values he models and teaches all of his students. Not only does he passionately teach his content and coach sports, but he also teaches students about the soft skills they need to survive and thrive in our world.”

BRYAN STANTON Theater Arts Teacher, Alamo Heights High School “I have the unique honor of being able to help students find their voice and passion. I tell students, in this space, you are allowed to be your authentic self, unapologetically. This an environment where you are free to take risks and explore. As you grow into yourselves as an actor, technician, and person, you will explore characters and social situations that may differ from your own. This allows you to use your character acting experience to understand the perspective of others in the world. One distinct difference between my theatre class and others you may have experienced is that you will apply your learning realistically by doing philanthropic theatre work to tie non-profit organizations to our curriculum and performances. This bridge allows you to impact the greater community and grow in your empathy for fellow human beings and the natural world. By doing this, our AHISD “Profile of a Learner” comes to life.” AHHS Principal Cory Smith shares, “Bryan has found a way to connect theatre to philanthropic work in both the local and global communities through his work, and as a result, has received recognition from Character.org. Mr. Stanton makes himself available for students and colleagues alike, understanding the importance of social-emotional well-being and its role in academic success. He has become the “go-to guy” on campus, a reliable, trusted professional, and friend to many in these uncertain times. Bryan Stanton has added a bright spark to our Theatre department, one that continues to spread through his example of kindness, inclusion, and compassion.” 78209magazine.com | APRIL 2021 31


School News ALAMO HEIGHTS PTO/PTSO PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL TO HOST AHISD SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES FORUM On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, from 6-7:30 pm, AHISD School Board Candidates for the 2021 election will meet virtually for a Candidate Forum hosted by the Alamo Heights PTO/PTSO Presidents’ Council.

READY FOR KINDERGARTEN? Ready for Kindergarten? Register for the Howard Kinder Preview! The Kinder Preview provides valuable information about AHISD’s kindergarten programs and all that our littlest Mules will enjoy during their first year as a student. Attendees will: • Meet the Interim Principal, Liz Acevedo • Learn about the Kindergarten Program • Take a peek at a “Day in the Life” video • Virtually Tour a LIVE Kindergarten classroom for your child (You child will jump on the Google Preview with you at this time.) • Share in an opportunity for Q & A

Dates for Kinder Preview (Google Meet): Google Kinder Preview, April 8, 12 noon Campus Tour, April 9, 3:30 pm Google Kinder Preview, April 15, 12 noon Campus Tour, April 16, 3:30 pm Google Kinder Previews are limited to 40 children and

their families, so register early. At the close of the Google Kinder Preview, you will receive the link to register for the Campus Tour. Campus Tours are open to all who are interested, but not required. Registration for the Campus Tours are limited to 5-7 families per tour group. Have questions? Contact Kim Romines: kromines@ahisd.net Veronica Ochoa: heccenrollment@ahisd.net

ALAMO HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL AQUATICS

At the regional swim meet, senior Allie Janes comes up for air. “We had a great meet and it was exciting to go to state,” Janes said. The girls won the regional meet and advanced to state where they tied for fourth place, earning a coveted state banner. Photo by Meredith Carpio-Walker

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Using his arms, sophomore Vance Matthews heads for the wall during his race at the regional meet. “It was so exciting to have a successful meet,” Matthews said. The boys advanced to the state meet, earning eighth place, with mere points separating them from ranking in the top five. Photo by Sarah Mann


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School News BARONS FOR BOOKS BRINGS BRIGHTNESS TO SMH

Though the pandemic has changed our way of life, it has also created opportunities for the community to support one another. Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) students have shown resilience by creating new initiatives to connect with each other. SMH Form 6 student Divya Beeram is the founder of a new reading program called “Barons for Books.” As a virtual learner, Divya wanted to provide a means for virtual students to have more opportunities to connect with on-campus students. Barons for Books is currently made up of virtual Middle School students who read to Lower School classes (Kindergarten to Form

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3) during lunch using the teachers’ classroom Zoom links. Divya, who has been at SMH since Kindergarten, is not only learning how to be a creative problem-solver, she is also gaining a vast amount of experience in leadership. She started the program working alongside Lower School Librarian/Instructional Technologist Linda Wells and several Lower School teachers. Each week, Divya puts together a list of Middle School readers and matches them with Lower School classes. She also helps guide and approve the readers’ book selection. Divya was inspired to come up with

“Barons for Books” because of her love for reading. When asked about the program, she shared, “I have loved books for as long as I can remember, and the library, especially, has always felt like a safe place, a sanctuary. I chose a reading initiative for almost the same reasons. I want to help kids learn to love (and find joy in) reading because that was something that brought me so much joy when I was their age and continues to bring me happiness today.” Part of the SMH experience is cultivating students’ innate leadership abilities and providing opportunities for students to serve in roles of leadership and service.


TREE ADOPTION WITH CIRCLE SCHOOL CHANGEMAKERS

KNOW ONE ANOTHER Experience Saint Mary’s Hall: www.smhall.org/BeKnown

In partnership with the City of San Our students are known, and Antonio’s Compassion Tree Project, matter, culminating in graduates Circle School Changemakers organized who know who they are and are a free tree adoption event in March. The set on a course for achievement Compassion Tree Project starts at the and fulfillment in life. local level as a symbolic representation of the commitment and responsibility to Saint Mary’s Hall does not discriminate in admission or educational programs against qualified students on regreen the world. Trees are distributed the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or national/ethnic origin. to be planted throughout the involved communities. 200 native Texas trees & fruit trees smh78209april21ad.indd 1 3/29/21 were distributed to Circle School families and members of the San Antonio Community along with instructions to care for their new trees. Pick up times were staggered, masking required, and all efforts were made to maintain social distancing and a safe environment for participants and volunteers. For 55 years, The Circle School has A college preparatory steeped in history and ready to build been teaching peace with our students your future! and their families through a naturebased curriculum that encourages •9,000+ living Alumni worldwide environmental stewardship, empathy, and understanding diverse cultures. •Class of 2020 earned $28.1 million in college scholarships Changemaker projects like this one •All-Boys College Prep Program offering AP & Dual Credit Classes model the transformative power of •Offering over 30 clubs and organizations & 11 varsity sports compassion and service. Changemaker projects have become an integral part of •Proudly serving students from 80 zip codes our curriculum and our school culture, •169 years dedicated to developing young men of character but even more so for this school year: through faith, leadership, and academics 2020 has given us many challenges to turn into opportunities to hone our skills Accepting 2021-2022 applications of problem-solving for the common good. This January we were named as the Class of 2025 Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students 2021 San Antonio Peace Laureate, Schedule a tour and learn more today! a position we will continue to use to amplify our community’s voice about the importance of nature-based learning and 210-576-4359 | cchs-satx.org/visitcchs | admissions@cchs-satx.org compassionate treatment of each other 1403 N. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX and our world.

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Calendar

Fun Things to Do In and Around 78209 UNDER ONE SKY DOSEUM Now through May 15 | 10AM - 4:30PM We all live under the same sky. Enjoy a special installation by San Antonio-based artist Mark Menjivar. In this immersive display, photographs of the San Antonio sky will adorn The DoSeum lobby, featuring special messages of hope and promise from the youth of our city. doseum.org

ORIGAMI NIGHTS BOTANICAL GARDENS April 1,8,15, 22, & 29 | 6PM - 9PM Origami Nights will feature exhibition tours, origami inspired hands-on activities, and a cash bar to include Garden inspired Japanese cocktails, assorted Japanese beer and food. Visitors are welcomed to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Sabot.org

LEARN @ LUNCH: LEMONY DELIGHTS FROM THE AMALFI COAST CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL April 2 | 12:30PM – 1:30PM In this one hour, lunch-time class, you’ll take a culinary journey to Southern Italy where you’ll pick up tips as you learn how to make three exquisite dishes that feature a favorite fruit of Central Market. centralmarket.com

MAKE & TAKE; DECORATE CUPCAKES FOR SPRING & SUMMER CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL April 3 | 3:00PM – 4:30PM The cupcakes and icings tinted in the bright colors of spring and summer will be ready and waiting so you can concentrate on producing perfect petals and lovely leaves. After your instructors introduce you to the techniques, you can let your imagination be your guide as you create a single flower or a seasonal garden atop each cupcake. At the end of the class, you’ll have improved your decorating skills and will take six of your cupcake creations home to enjoy. centralmarket.com

FREE FAMILY NIGHTS DOSEUM April 5 | 5PM - 7PM Free family night will take place the first Monday of each month. There is limited capacity so an RSVP is required even for DoSeum members. A link for ticket reservations will be posted on their website at 8 AM the morning of Free Family Night. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doseum.org

BOSTON SEAFOOD CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL April 2 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM One of the oldest cities in the U.S., Boston is not only known for its sports teams, world class universities, and historic sites of interest but also has a well-deserved reputation as a food destination. Spend an evening learning to make these seafood dishes based on classics served in popular restaurants throughout the city. centralmarket.com MAKER WORKSHOPS DOSEUM April 3,10, 17, and 24 | 3PM – 4 PM Located in Innovation Station, Maker Workshops are dropin programs open to children ages 6-11. The Innovation Workshop can accommodate 16 students. Programs are aligned to Maker-Centered Learning pedagogy and best practices. doseum.org

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SUNSET FLOW YOGA BOTANICAL GARDENS April 5, 12, & 19 | 6PM – 7PM Meet at the entrance of the Botanical Garden and begin your evening with a 10-minute meditative walk through the tranquil space, followed by a 50-minute intentional flow. The yoga portion of the practice will be a sequence of seated, standing, and balancing postures, syncing breath, and movement throughout. All levels are welcome. Sabot.org

LITTLE SPROUTS HIKE BOTANICAL GARDENS April 6,13,20,& 27 | 10AM – 10:45AM Each Little Sprouts Hike features a different nature-based lesson designed to inspire a love and appreciation of the natural world. All hikes begin at the Garden Gift Shop. Recommended for ages 5 and under. Some trails are unpaved, so all-terrain strollers are recommended. Space is limited. Sabot.org TREK AND TONE BOTANICAL GARDENS April 7 | 10:30AM – 11:30AM This Trek and Tone class is designed to burn calories while building strength and endurance. The class will utilize the 38-acres of natural space and beauty of the gardens for walk/run intervals, circuit training, cardio exercises, bodyweight exercises and finish with core training and stretching for a complete workout. No two classes will be the same! All fitness levels welcomed. Sabot.org MAKE & TAKE: EMPANADAS CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL April 8 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM Learn to make these Mexican hand pies that can serve as appetizers or a meal. You’ll learn how to make two doughs and the fillings; then you’ll master the art of creating an empanada to your taste and you can take six of each appetizer-sized empanadas with you at the end of class. centralmarket.com

DIGGING INTO THE PAST WITTE MUSEUM April 9 | 9AM – 12PM During this Archaeology Connections educator professional development opportunity teachers will learn methods to prepare your students for a visit to the Witte by making pre-visit archaeology classroom connections to your math, science and social studies curriculum. You’ll discover ways to implement post-visit activities that extend the lessons learned at the museum. wittemuseum.org SUSHI & SAKE PARTY CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL April 9 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM 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. They’ll pair two sakes with your selections. centralmarket.com


WALK & WAG: DOG DAY & MARKET BOTANICAL GARDENS April 18 | 9AM – 12PM Enjoy the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s 38 acres of spring blooms with your four-legged friends. Walk & Wag will feature dog vendors, and food and drinks available for purchase (for the humans). All dogs must always be on a leash and must leave the Botanical Garden by 12 p.m. Sabot.org

MERRIWETHER FORAGING WORKSHOP BOTANICAL GARDENS April 10 | 9AM– 12:30PM Explore the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s three Texas Native Trails with Dr. Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen of Foraging Texas learning about the edible, medicinal, and practical uses of Texas Native plants. This workshop incorporates all senses to learn how to properly identify and use useful plants on your own. Merriwether will provide examples of ways he incorporates plants into his family’s day-to-day life. Sabot.org

RISE & RECHARGE WITTE MUSEUM April 11 | 10:30AM – 11:30AM Stretch, rise and renew with Half Moon Power Yoga at the Witte Museum. Enjoy a mindful experience in our garden amongst our 300-year-old Bald Cypress trees. Yoga session be a sequence of balancing postures, synching breath and movement. Bring a friend to relax and recharge. Wittemuseum.org

STEAM SUNDAY WITTE MUSEUM April 11 What can levers teach us about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures? Explore the mechanics of levers and how they make the jaw work. Inspired by the exhibition The Machine Inside: Biomechanics, this workshop challenges you to try your hand at biomimicry (engineering something that resembles living creatures). See if you can figure out which dinos had a fast bite and which dinos had a strong bite as you build your own working jaw model. Recommended for all ages over 5. Program runs approximately 45-60 minutes. wittemuseum.org

ANTIGONE BY SOPHOCLES DIRECTED BY KELLY ROUSH BOTANICAL GARDENS April 18. | 7:30PM - 8:30PM Presented by The Classic Theatre of San Antonio, the play Antigone begins with two brothers fighting for the kinship of Thebes. Both men die in battle. Their successor and uncle, Creon, decides that one brother will be buried but the other brother will be left on the field of battle. Their sister, Antigone, finds herself having to choose between what she believes to be right, burying her brother, or following the laws of man and facing death herself. What happens when we are forced to choose between doing what we feel is right and what the world is telling us is right? Sabot.org

Editor’s Pick

STORYTIME IN THE GARDEN BOTANICAL GARDENS April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 10AM – 10:30AM Each children’s story time session features a different nature themed book designed to stimulate young minds and foster an appreciation for the great outdoors. Families are welcome to bring a blanket to sit on during story time. Recommended for ages 5 and under. Sabot.org

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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.

SNIPSA, INC.

Bella is a volunteer with Pups n' Planes,

the airport greeting committee. She wears her little pink right around the corner Low-cost spay and neuter, coat, cheering up tired travelers at the  San Antonio International Airport.

BY BERIT MASON

Workin' for a Living!

The only thing I want to hear being snipped is a yard of fab-ric! But another snip is “SNIPSA,” a fifteen-year-old pet rescue group founded by a veterinarian couple, the Espys, who wanted to offer theJobs community low-cost spay and neuter. Dogs with “We offer discounted spay and neuter services weekly at BY BERIT MASON our office,” says Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Lexi Blaik. Aside from the funny name, which means Spay-NeuterInject-Protect San Antonio, the other interesting thing is their The San Antonio International HUGE! location: a pet rescue right in theAirport middleisof Olmos Park. It recently brokeknow a record, But you’d never it! flying some 15,000 people A DAY, forI’ve a total of 10.36 million passengers 2019.that it was there. passed by 100 times and didn’tinnotice Passengers most certainly frequent the airport, but pupson dothe too. “So, there is a reason why our name isn’t blatantly Meet Bella. front of the building. We want to be known in the community, a petite with light, made wavy hair, offering everyone butBella thereishave beendog precautions so that we don’t get a sheofmeets thedropping sweetestoff smile. Several hours a week, Bella lot people animals at our doorstep,” says and Blaik. owner Bonnie Gioiello roam the airport, searching out the tired, Arriving to work some mornings, staff have been welcomed the weary, and the bored. by a forlorn pup or cat sitting by the door, some bad pet par“If they look up and smile, they are a dog lover. If they don't, ent having dumped it. “We are a small mom-and-pop boutique rescue,” says Blaik 34 APRIL | 78209magazine.com 38 APRIL2020 2021 | 78209magazine.com

of this tidy place that provides vaccinations and I.D. chips, along with pet merchandise. And seeing how clean and sterile looking it is, it’s no surprise that in the back is a small surgery station, where they do the “snipping.” About thrice yearly, they hold “The Big Fix,” a M*A*S*H style operation, “…where we set up in a church or a gymnasium or a college, and we take it over. We set up a bunch of surgery stations and recovery areas.” Volunteers, vet techs, and veterinarians perform the procedures that prevent more unwanted animals. The last Big Fix fixed some 450 cats and dogs! In 2020, they sterilized 2,055 animals. “If we are not fixing these animals, even if we can rehome them, we are still going to have that revolving door of animals coming in and out,” says Blaik. Airport therapy dogs help soothe people who may be upset because of a Surgery, shots, long andwait, microchipping are free for qualifying delayed or cancelled flight. zip codes. Those zip codes are determined by how many police calls come in for strays. Any neighborhood with lots


the community was looking for a dog, Doc was introduced at Franklin Park as a possible addition. And after meeting the large, friendly animal, as David remembers, “Everyone was struck by his gentleness, beauty and overall calm.” After a short trial period, Doc formally (and eagerly) was accepted by staff and residents for duty. And he and his new pals have been lapping it up ever since. To see Doc with the residents, especially those impaired with memory issues, is, as David admits, “incredible.” He explains, “People who are usually nonresponsive due to their conditions become more alert and animated in Doc’s presence. Some who seldom ever say anything will speak to him, offer affectionate pats while seemingly remembering their former dogs. It’s quite moving.” Whoever Doc encounters, whether hale or impaired, the reactions all seem to be positive. People just like pets, and when this four-footed staffer makes an appearance in any part of the community, moods lighten and smiles appear. So with Doc given free roaming privileges at Franklin Park and the residents, quite frankly, all a little ga-ga over him, life and is good – for Doc and his many new friends. of strays neglected animals obviously needs help, The program has been so successful that Franklin Park will be inreducing those numbers. dogs to its other properties in the coming troducing SNIPSA enjoys the support of some 200 volunteersmonths. and It really vets who has workbeen—and for almostcontinues nothing. to be — a win-win situation, to this very adoption, pet-able practitioner. “Bythanks providing rescue, and offering“Please low-costscratch spay behind my options, ears!” we can connect with our community and neuter

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and enrich the lives of our pet population,” says the mission statement. “The great thing about the city shelter, Animal Care Services (ACS),” says Blaik, “is that they work with all of the other rescues in San Antonio to get as many dogs and cats out of their shelter and into homes. They’ve reduced their euthanasia rate over the years, and ACS is where we pull most of our animals.” Surgery day is Wednesday and is open to the public. How much you’ll pay depends on where you live. SNIPSA needs fosters! Do you have time to help a puppy? Please call them. You can also help by donating bleach, paper towels, laundry soap, and puppy pads. You can message them on Facebook.

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Until next month! Woof, woof, Roxie

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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

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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 $

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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)

In the mood for Mexican food? Try Soluna in The Collection on Broadway. They have a wide variety of nachos to satisfy your craving while you wait for your entree. Made up of tortilla chips with sautéed shrimp in white wine and herbs with mozzarella cheese, onions, and fresh avocados with jalapeños, the Nachos de Camaron is a real crowd-pleaser. 42 APRIL 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 $ 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 $


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 $-$$ OSAKA JAPANESE STEAK AND SUSHI Japanese steak and sushi with hibachi tables where chefs cook and perform for audiences. 4902 Broadway | 210-822-0300 osakasteaknsushi.com $-$$ (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)

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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 $-$$ THE WINCHESTER PUB An English-style pub with a Texas twist offering a large selection of craft cocktails, 18 beers on tap, wine and Champagne, and a full menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner featuring fish & chips, cheese curds, French toast, brisket grilled cheese sandwiches, Scotch eggs, and a hearty burger. The atmosphere is cozy with a large wooden bar, dart boards, and lots of large screen TVs’ showcasing your favorite sports teams. They also specialize in Soccer Saturdays showing games from European leagues. 5148 Broadway | 210-721-7762 thewinchesterpub.com $-$$

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 $ - $$

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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t’s always a beautiful thing when flavors come together to create something delicious, and one Alamo Heights restaurant has maintained a successful marriage of French and Asian cuisines for over 20 years. Frederick Costa was born in Vietnam, but his family left their native country when Frederick was just a toddler and moved across the world, settling in Bayonne, France, in the Basque region in southwestern France a few miles north of the Spanish border. Frederick’s family had always been in the restaurant business and brought their unique cuisine with them, opening up La Pagode in Bayonne. When he turned 17, the family moved to Paris to open the first-ever Vietnamese restaurant in the city. La Petite Tonkinoise opened in 1970, and it became the first Vietnamese restaurant to earn a Michelin star. Frederick grew up in the kitchen, watching his mother and grandmother prepare their family recipes and learning the culinary techniques that would set him up for a lifetime of restaurant success. In 1977, Frederick decided to move to the United States with his childhood friend, Thierry Burkle. They landed in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a busboy, a valet, and a waiter at the highly acclaimed Rîve Gauche, where Thierry’s brother was a chef. That experience solidified Frederick’s love for the restaurant business and the duo, along with their newest friend, Armand Obadia, made a plan to move even further west to San Antonio to open one of the city’s finest French restaurants. L’Étoile opened on Broadway in 1984 with the three partners bringing their unique skills and personalities to the burgeoning South Texas restaurant scene. The restaurant soon became a beloved favorite in town and won many awards, drawing diners from across the state. Frederick and his partners enjoyed great success over the years, but in 2000, the three chose to embark upon their own projects and went their separate ways.

Frederick’s opened just off Broadway, next door to Florio’s Pizza, and has been an area favorite ever since. The restaurant deliciously blends Frederick’s Vietnamese heritage with his French upbringing and creates an amazing fusion of flavors that has kept regular diners coming back for two decades. On any given day, you’ll find dishes representing both cuisines on the lunch and dinner menus. Frederick’s is one of the best places in town for a power lunch. While you are negotiating the deal, you can sample some of the most delicious Vietnamese spring rolls you’ll ever eat or dine on a traditional Salad Niçoise of tuna, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, green beans, and fresh anchovy dressing served atop a bed of Romaine lettuce. On a recent visit, we were treated to a steaming bowl of fresh Pho with tender, thinly sliced strips of beef, bean sprouts, and pungent Thai basil. We also sampled their delicious Shrimp and Mushroom dumplings, as well as their everpopular Parmesan Crusted Wild Alaskan Halibut, served with avocado relish and a perfect beurre blanc sauce. For dessert, we had the Dark and White Chocolate Mousse Terrine. It was heavenly and the perfect way to end a delicious meal. Frederick subscribes to the theory that you can never have too many chefs in the kitchen. Along with his culinary experience and heritage, the diverse menu comes to life with the skill and artistic flair of Chef Xavier Landa Verde. Together, with their outstanding staff, they have created an upscale neighborhood bistro that not only has already stood the test of time but promises to become a San Antonio legend and live on for many years to come. 78209magazine.com | APRIL 2021 47


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DWI (ACCIDENT) Officers investigating a two-vehicle crash observed one of the drivers appearing confused and disoriented; medical personnel on the scene cleared the driver for injuries related to the crash. Further investigation discovered the driver was under the influence of alcohol and impaired. 3/14/21 5400 blk Broadway

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DWI A driver stopped for speeding and swerving across two traffic lanes was found to be under the influence of alcohol and impaired. 3/14/21 5900 blk Broadway WANTED PERSON Officers responded to assist a child protective services caseworker during their investigation. During the investigation, officers learned the parent had two active arrest warrants issued by Montgomery County for theft offenses. 3/31/21 100 blk Elizabeth THEFT Resident of an apartment building reported someone unlawfully entered his storage locker in the basement garage and stole miscellaneous property. A suspect was arrested on March 8 for unrelated charges. The investigation is on-going. 3/11/21 5500 blk Broadway

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ASSAULT/FAMILY VIOLENCE A family member was assaulted by another family member during an argument over mail. The suspect family member was taken into custody and transferred to the police facility for processing. While at the police facility the suspect began to suffer from mental crisis and was transported to a medical facility. 3/11/21 400 blk Abiso WANTED PERSON An officer on patrol-initiated contact with a male subject riding a skateboard in the middle of the roadway during late night hours. An investigation discovered the subject had an active arrest warrant issued by Bexar County for a parole violation related to dangerous drugs. At the time of his arrest, the subject was in possession of glass pipes containing residue from burning methamphetamines. 3/8/21 5300 blk Broadway

FORGERY, IDENTITY THEFT, MAIL THEFT, NARCOTICS VIOLATION Officers responding to a report of a forgery in progress detained a female subject for further investigation. The investigation revealed the subject attempted to pass a forged check for $2,5000 using an altered identification card. Further investigation discovered fifteen forged checks, identification and credit cards in the subject’s possession as well as a large quantity of methamphetamines. 3/5/21 5200 blk Broadway THEFT, MOTOR VEHICLE A motorcycle was stolen from a parking garage. Surveillance video recordings captured the images of the person stealing the motorcycle and an accomplice vehicle. 3/3/21 5500 blk Broadway TAMPERING WITH GOVERNMENT RECORD TO DEFRAUD, CREDIT CARD ABUSE Officers responding to a possible fraud in progress detained one male subject. Investigation determined that the subject attempted to purchase over $5,000 in merchandise with a counterfeit credit card and a Michigan driver’s license. Further investigation discovered the subject was in possession of multiple driver’s licenses and counterfeit credit cards. 3/2/21 5300 blk Broadway

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