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Business Profile: Richard Peacock owner of Paloma Blanca
Profile: Craig and Cristie Christopher chair the Cattle Baron’s gala
Home: A contemporary Roger Rasbach designed home in Northwood
AHISD School News
High Rise Living
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BIRD’S-EYE VIEW PALOMA BLANCA OWNER RICHARD PEACOCK IS INVESTED IN THE BIGGER PICTURE By BONNY OSTERHAGE
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Recently, I sat down with Richard Peacock, Jr. at his popular Alamo kering deals that included the sale of The Collection shopping center on Heights restaurant, Paloma Blanca. Over chips and queso, this businessman, Broadway and the McNay Art Museum’s acquisition of an office building. husband and father shared with me a quote that he said has had a major imAlong the way Richard brokered a life-long deal with a girl he met on pact on how he strives to live his life. a blind date, and today he and his wife, Brooke, are the parents of 7-year“There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind that walk into a old twin boys, who currently attend Woodridge Elementary. room and say, ‘Here I am’ and the kind that walk into a room and say, ‘There you are,’” he said. “I have always tried to be a ‘There INVESTING IN BUSINESS you are’ person.” In 1997, Richard made a deal that turned out to To Richard, that means trying to find ways to enbe a game changer. He opened Paloma Blanca and “My parents couldn’t courage and serve both individuals and the Alamo began serving up delicious Mexican fare in a comafford to live in the Heights community at large. Whether it is through his fortable, modern hacienda-style atmosphere. The resaffiliation with the Texas Cavaliers or his philanidents of Alamo Heights ate it up, literally! neighborhood when I was thropic contributions through the restaurant, he is “I had never owned a restaurant before,” laughs growing up, so they built a quick to point out that his is not a “one-man show.” Richard. “I just pulled together some partners, thinkhouse outside of the Alamo He is simply part of a much bigger picture that ining it would be a fun ‘on the side’ project.” That ‘on Heights School District, cludes his devoted staff, friends, family and, of course, the side’ project now takes up approximately 50 per“It gave me an interesting the loyal customers. cent of his time and is a great success, a fact that Richard attributes to his customers, his “amazing” perspective because even INVESTING IN FAMILY staff, and his general manager, Nelly Mendoza, who though a lot of my friends The Peacock family has deep roots in Alamo started with the restaurant as a hostess a mere six were from Alamo Heights, Heights. Richard’s parents, along with several aunts months after it opened. and I spent a lot of time and uncles, all graduated from Alamo Heights High “I just come in and take the credit and leave,” in the neighborhood, School and lived and worked in the community. Richard jokes. “Nelly is in the trenches day in and Richard, however, graduated from MacArthur High day out. She and the rest of the staff do all the work.” I always felt a little bit School, a fact that he says helped shape his identity. Owning and running a restaurant is an investment like an outsider. I think it “My parents couldn’t afford to live in the neighnot just financially, but also in terms of time and dedmade me more sensitive to borhood when I was growing up, so they built a house ication. Richard and his expert team of employees creating a feeling of outside of the Alamo Heights School District, “ he exhave invested all of that and more into Paloma inclusiveness in my plains. “It gave me an interesting perspective because Blanca, not for themselves, but for the community in even though a lot of my friends were from Alamo which they live, work, and play. interactions as Heights, and I spent a lot of time in the neighborhood, “The success of the restaurant has allowed us to an adult.” I always felt a little bit like an outsider. I think it made encourage and support causes we believe in,” he me more sensitive to creating a feeling of inclusiveness says. “A substantial part of the satisfaction we get in my interactions as an adult.” from the business is that it allows us to make an imFollowing his graduation from Southern Methodist University, pact on the community, even if it’s just a small one.” Richard moved back to San Antonio and the Alamo Heights neighborHosting dinners to honor Alamo Heights retiring school teachers, unhood. He joined his father and grandfather in the family commercial real derwriting fundraising dinners for nonprofit organizations and donating estate brokerage and development business and immersed himself in broto a variety of live auctions are just a few of the ways that Richard leverwww.78209magazine.com | 9
ages his business to help the community. In addition to donating the services and resources of the restaurant to the community, the Peacock family also donates its time. Richard has volunteered as a coach for his sons’ Alamo Heights Little League team, while Brooke is currently the PTO president at Woodridge Elementary. The family actively attends Alamo Heights Methodist Church and credits their faith as a factor in the success of the business, as well as a guiding force in their lives. Recently, that faith sustained them during what proved to be a controversial real estate development in which Richard found himself embroiled, i.e., the Gateway Project. Richard, along with a group of partners, owns the property located at Ellwood and Austin Highway that was being considered for purchase by a Dallas developer. The proposed development was the subject of much discussion and debate, with the deal eventually falling through because of the limits imposed by the Special Use Permit that was tentatively approved by the Alamo Heights City Council. “From almost the moment that we closed on the purchase of that property, I’ve felt like the dog that caught the car,” he says. “It’s been a huge challenge to know what to do with it.” In an open letter
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to the Rivard Report published in April, Richard explained that he and his partners plan to take the next several months to reassess their options and discuss with various stakeholders what the next move should be. “We really thought we were on the right track,” he says, adding that the group has three requirements for the development. First, it must be architecturally significant. Next, it must offer a real benefit to the community. Last, it must be economically viable. “We have to get it right,” he emphasizes. “It’s important to the community that we get it right, and it is important to us that the entire community sees it as a benefit.” In the meantime, Richard will keep utilizing the success of Paloma Blanca to make a difference in the community that he and his family are proud to call home. He gives full credit to his customers for helping him achieve his philanthropic goals because, as he says, if the customers stop showing up, he cannot accomplish the things he wants to do through the restaurant. That is why Richard and the entire Paloma Blanca staff work hard to nurture and foster those customer relations. “At the heart of it all, we are not in the restaurant business, we are in the business of relationships,” he explains. “We just happen to facilitate those relationships with delicious enchiladas.”
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CRAIG AND CRISTIE CHRISTOPHER TO CHAIR CATTLE BARON’S GALA THEY HOPE TO RAISE $1 MILLION FOR CANCER RESEARCH For Craig and Cristie Christopher, life in ’09 is a busy blend of work and play. Over the past 15 years, they have logged countless hours at the Little League ball fields, H-E-B, school carnivals, pep rallies, sporting events and parades, all right here in Alamo Heights. This year, the Christophers have added fundraising to their list of activities. As chairmen of the 2014 American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Gala, the Christophers are taking the bull by the horns. Married since 1992, the Christophers bought their first home in Alamo Heights in 1999. “We bought a house on East Oakview and remodeled it,” Craig recalls. “Since then, we have really made the rounds through Alamo Heights; we’ve lived on Argo, East Elmview, Lilac Lane in Terrell Hills, and now we’re in Northwood on Country Lane. I think this is our favorite spot so far.” Cristie agrees: “Northwood is such a great neighborhood, where we really do know our neighbors. Our kids feel safe and love getting out and By COURTNEY BURKHOLDER
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doing things outside with their friends. Not only is it a family-friendly place to be, it is convenient to everything.” With Caroline, a senior who is preparing to attend Kansas University after graduation; Chandler, 15, a freshman at the high school; and Colby, 12, a sixth-grader at the Alamo Heights Junior School, choosing a home in Alamo Heights was all about the education. “We love being part of this close, tight-knit community, but our No. 1 priority was the quality of the public school system,” Craig states. “Our kids have felt like they are important and that they belong,” says Cristie, who serves as the instructional technology specialist at Cambridge Elementary School. “From their classrooms to extracurricular activities, their individual talents, gifts, learning styles and/or even difficulties have been nurtured, valued and appreciated. The message they receive each day is that they are important. What I truly love, not only as an employee of AHISD but as a parent in this district, is that our
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students are truly known and valued by all of our faculty and staff.” A self-proclaimed “recovering attorney,” Craig turned in his ties and suits for jeans and boots and joined the family business as president and marketing director of the Rio Cibolo Ranch in 2002. Founded in 1987 by his parents, Rio Cibolo Ranch is a 130-acre working longhorn cattle ranch and pecan orchard. “We are an entertainment ranch and special events venue,” Craig explains. “We do over 150 private group functions each year, including weddings, receptions, fundraisers, teambuilding and corporate events, as well as many convention and tour groups.” Located just 25 minutes from downtown San Antonio, Rio Cibolo Ranch caters to the hospitality and tourism industry that flocks to San Antonio. Complete with longhorn cattle and its own 850-seat rodeo arena, the Rio Cibolo Ranch offers visitors from all over the world a true taste of Texas. With the ranch serving as the venue for this
year’s American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Gala, chairing the gala was a nobrainer for the Christophers. “We agreed to chair the gala this year because the cause of the American Cancer Society is so important not only to us but to our community as a whole, and we felt like it was the right time to get our community more involved,” Cristie explains. Rio Cibolo Ranch first hosted the Cattle Baron’s Gala back in 2006 and again in 2007, when it was still widely attended and supported by the ’09 community. “Since then, the gala has sort of moved around town, and attendance from our community is down,” says Craig. “The ACS is really looking to us to help bring the 78209 businesses and families back into the fold.” With past chairmen bearing names such as Steves, Cavender and Frost, the Cattle Baron’s Gala has long been associated with Alamo Heights. Helping their community re-embrace this event was a task with which the Christophers were happy to assist. “Everyone is affected by cancer,” Craig says. “This year, the majority of the committee is from our community. Right now, we’re seeking underwriting and sponsorships from businesses and individuals from Bexar County and surrounding counties, and I would like to see us raise and net $1 million this year for our local ACS.” Last year’s event raised an impressive $325,000, but Craig insists, this year’s goal is attainable. “Biomedical research and medicine are two of San Antonio’s biggest industries,” he points out. “Last year, 850 people attended the Cattle Baron’s Gala. Rio Cibolo Ranch can easily hold 1,500 to 2,000 attendees, and we have several new attractions that we hope will assist in drawing a crowd and raising more money for local programs and services and cutting-edge cancer research.” With San Antonio’s own recently signed Nashville recording artist Chris Story, along with numerous other featured bands and performers, the Christophers hope to fill every seat in the house. They also have a few new tricks up their sleeve, including an after-party — Bulls, Barrels and Blackjack — that will offer a full-blown rodeo competition featuring bull riding and barrel racing complete with casino games, fireworks, live music and an opportunity to take a chance on your favorite bull rider or barrel racer to win fabulous prizes. This after-party will continue to raise funds to cure cancer after all of the traditional gala fundraising activities have been completed — a new and exciting twist for the event, now in its 36th year. In a community known for supporting its own, this year’s American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Gala is sure to be a huge success with the Christophers holding the reins. “With the support of the Alamo Heights community, this year’s gala has the potential to raise more money for our local ACS than ever before,” Craig states. “Let’s make it happen!”
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Thanks to the Alamo Kiwanis Club, it was love at first sight. When Ann Smith stepped through the carved mesquite entry doors into the home of a fellow Ki-Ann, she knew this was a home she would love to call her own. As the wife of Alamo Kiwanian Charles Smith, Ann belonged to a group called the Ki-Anns, who hosted a number of festivities throughout the year. Ann attended a coffee at the home of one of the members and fell in love with it. “I went home and told Charles, ‘I love that house.’” That was in the 1970s, and life went on with the raising of children, work and daily duties. Their big two-story home in Castle Hills suited www.78209magazine.com | 17
their lifestyle at that time. One afternoon in 1986, after conducting business at a nearby office, Charles — on a whim — drove by and saw a “For Sale” sign in the yard of the home his wife had adored many years earlier. Another couple had moved in and was selling it. He went home and told Ann. Not more than five minutes passed and they were back over looking at the home. “It was difficult to negotiate for it because the owners wanted the moon, so we did not get the house,” says Charles. “Then, six months later, the Realtor called and asked if we still wanted the property.” “It was ours!” exclaims Ann. They moved into the contemporary Roger Rasbach-designed home on a quiet Northwood cul-de-sac and did not change a thing except for replacing an indoor hot tub with a Jacuzzi bath in the hand-painted tiled master bath with its floral theme. Window walls, tile floors and high ceilings give the open-concept living area with its massive native rock fireplace an indooroutdoor feel. And a solarium, just off the entry, with its native stone fireplace became a welcomed respite for the couple. Rooms that utilize cross ventilation and
glass openings that face east and south allow the outdoors to speak to every room in their home. A rectangular swimming pool that nestles into the U-shaped backyard exterior offers tranquil views from the living room, solarium and master bedroom. The peaceful outdoor living spaces include a wisteria-covered arbor, shaded terrace and al fresco dining poolside. The comfortable kitchen, with its hand-painted tiles, service island and Rasbach’s signature custom cabinetry, overlooks the serene natural setting. Regional art adorns walls in every room of their home. “Helen Hunter was the first painting that we ever purchased, at the Alamo Kiwanis Western & Heritage Art Show in 1968,” says Charles. “That is where we first developed an appreciation of art.” And love of art and home makes a most harmonious combination for serene living in 78209.
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Every other Friday throughout the school year, a group of Alamo Heights Junior School students carpools to neighboring Lamar Elementary to mentor students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Created by the AHJS Parent Teacher Organization 11 years ago, the Tutor Outreach Program (TOP) has grown into an amazing outlet for students to connect and build relationships across school districts. Students play math games, read books in English and Spanish and enjoy a strategic game of checkers or chess or perhaps just share in conversations to get to know one another. Students from both schools enjoy the camaraderie, and they learn from each other on a variety of levels. â€œWorking with younger students through the TOP program allows me to share what I am learning with others in a fun and interactive way. My TOP student buddy and I look forward to spending time together. It does not feel like tutoring, more like learning from each other,â€? shares TOP volunteer Josie Nash.
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Sharing their enthusiasm for the work they enjoy during the traditional school day, Alamo Heights ISD students returned to school after hours to showcase their work during the district’s annual Showcase of Engaged Learning. The evening gave students an opportunity to share a “day in the life” through a variety of presentations that included demonstrations of classroom projects, displays, a gallery walk, a video film festival, various theatrical and musical performances and an educational playground that provided visitors hands-on exploration in the classroom. Students and parents alike put on their sneakers and got their hearts pumping as they “moved” through an obstacle course of the human circulatory system presented by Cambridge Elementary physical education instructors Beth Murguia and Kevin Criss. Students had to maneuver their bodies through the obstacles while engaging their minds on how the circulatory system works in their own bodies. Just down the hall, kindergarteners were chatting it up over surveys, data and graphs. Our youngest learners conducted surveys of their parents and presentation guests and then created a graph on an iPad, illustrating their survey results. Data gathered included the attendee’s favorite fruit, ice cream, sport and even a favorite Disney princess. Important topics for the tiny techies! From science to strings, technology to theater, all subjects and interests were presented to share the ultimate lesson: When students are engaged, learning is more profound.
Alamo Heights Junior School Science Olympiad and Academic UIL team members share their competition creations that helped lead them to the state competition.
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Pushing up and through the circulatory system was a well-designed lesson that builds physical endurance and greater knowledge of how the body works!
Sixth grade social studies students from Alamo Heights Junior School shared their marketing strategies and products during Showcase 2014.
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Kindergarten teacher Mary Wright and friends share the art of surveys, data collection and graphing courtesy of the iPad and student brain power.
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HIGH RISE LIVING CASSANDRA CARR IS LIVING THE HIGH LIFE AT THE BROADWAY By BONNY OSTERHAGE
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hen Coco Chanel uttered the phrase, “Luxury should be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury,” one would think she had been a guest in the 2,300-square-foot high-rise apartment of independent business consultant Cassandra Carr. Carr, along with designer Michael Morrison of John William Interiors, has cultivated a little piece of heaven high in the sky in The Broadway. Each room is a reflection of her modern yet understated taste and style, and it invites guests to sink back on the comfortable sofa, or pull up a chair on the balcony and take in the
bird’s-eye views of downtown San Antonio. Carr, who originally purchased the twobedroom, two-and-a-half bath apartment as a second residence, realized after just three months that high-rise living suited her to a T. She sold her 10,000-square-foot home in Austin, purged many of her belongings and decided to call The Broadway home. “My husband died three years ago,” says Carr. “Taking care of a home that size in Austin was difficult.” At The Broadway, the responsibilities of home ownership are virtually nonexistent. Almost everything you can think of is handled by
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the concierge, from carrying up groceries to taking residents’ vehicles to the car wash. “It’s like having friends and family members around you all the time, taking care of you,” says Carr appreciatively. Then there are the amenities. A beautiful pool, gym, yoga studio, party room and unparalleled security are just a few of the attributes of high-rise living that Carr prefers to a typical residence. There is even a small basketball court where you can often find Carr, an investor in the San Antonio Spurs, practicing her free throws. That sense of “anything goes” fun is the
basis for the interior of Carr’s residence. Her personal style is evidenced from the moment you walk in the door and are greeted by an equestrian sculpture that honors her Kentucky roots and a shadowbox display featuring antiquities from a business associate in Dubai. “It actually says, ‘welcome,’” she translates. A large, colorful canvas painted by her late husband is the focal point of the dining area and was the inspiration for the accents in the interior color palette. Shades of blue and orange punch up the taupe and beige backgrounds and complement the clean, modern furniture lines. “I told Michael that I
wanted the look to be funky with an emphasis on fun,” she says. In addition to the pops of color, that “fun” was achieved through accessories such as an elaborate peach-colored glass chandelier in the Chihuly style, which hangs in the master bedroom. In the master bath, a trio of scalloped mirrors over the vanity balances the lines of the grasscloth wallpaper and the sleek bathtub and walk-in shower. One of the more whimsical touches can be found in the powder room, where a black ceiling sets the stage for the black and white New York Cityscape wallpaper. www.78209magazine.com | 23
Carr’s love of basketball and all things Spurs is evidenced by the six autographed basketballs displayed in her kitchen (part of a collection of 22). In the hallway, a signed David Robinson jersey hangs across from a colorful painting depicting Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili in action. “It is so much fun and such easy living here,” she says happily. “I don’t think I could ever move back to a traditional home.”
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As you’re navigating construction, one-way streets and new businesses in the ’09 area, you may have noticed a pink-mustached vehicle careening down Broadway. What is this? It’s a ride-sharing app, new to town, for cars covered in pink mustaches — Lyft, as in a lift to or from your destination. Cool idea from San Francisco with a twist, as in a twisty pink moustache. You may have spotted a few (or not) because I hear Police Chief William McManus has sent a “cease and desist” order to the new company stating their drivers are violating city ordinances because they aren’t licensed or regulated by the city. With weddings, graduations, First Fridays, end-of-school parties and summer happenings in the next few months, you may want to download the app and grab a Lyft (www.lyft.com). Before turning in this story today, I had received a gift sent via a text for a $25 coupon toward a Lyft two days ago. And I just discovered my co-worker is a driver and has provided 12 rides as of March 31. She told me that the police chief is taking a second look, and he has agreed that with safety measures in place, he believes it could work. Apparently, it’s being revisited from all angles by the city, police, etc. The mayor’s on board. In the meantime, my co-worker is pulling out her pink mustache and driving her own car and providing customer service as requested. By the time you read this, many patrons will have utilized the services for Fiesta and other events, or the brakes will have stopped the pinkmustached craze.
NEW SHOPS COMING TO QUARRY VILLAGE
Driving around the Quarry Village, you will notice a few new businesses and the loss of some old faves. Nancy’s Boutique, an upscale women’s apparel shop, has closed its doors, according to Ben Cabello at Embry Management. Cabello told me residents are looking for new places such as eateries, gourmet and Subway, to be exact. Keep your eyes peeled.
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Top row, left to right: Caroline Cain, Karen Brockwell, Laura Page, Lisa Mason, Cindy Comfort, Nancy Avellar, Emily Foster, Julie Walthall. Bottom row, left to right: Ashley Gray, Janie Morrison, Christy Meador, Megan Lindberg, Amy White.
Top row, left to right: Carrie Steele, Audrey Curl, Susan Hall, Amanda Williams. Bottom row, left to right: Rebecca Flannery, Elizabeth Herff, Carla Nelson, Allison Hayne.
For 123 years, the Battle of Flowers Association has promoted the patriotic traditions of San Antonio and Texas. And the organization’s salute to our heritage culminates in the annual Battle of Flowers Parade, the only parade in the United States produced entirely by women. The association is an organization capped at 400 women, all of whom strive to make the parade, the band festival and the oratorical contest a success. Anne Ballantyne, this year’s president, said the women volunteers start in the Fiesta Store selling tickets to Fiesta events and also usher at the parade or the band festival. There are about 150 volunteer jobs for the Battle of Flowers parade. Parade chairman Terrie Musselman says the parade has two purposes: to provide entertainment for families and children in a festive environment and to allow groups like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other nonprofits the opportunity to raise funds. Each year, over 45,000 seats along the parade route are sold by charities. If you have information to share, then drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s explore together.
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RESTAURANT GUIDE 78209
AMERICAN | ASIAN | BARBECUE | EUROPEAN | GREEK | HAMBURGERS | ITALIAN | MEXICAN | PIZZA | STEAKS
AMERICAN 20NINE 255 E. Basse, #940 798-9463 410 DINER 8315 Broadway 822-6246 ANNE MARIES’S BISTRO 555 Funston Place 826-5800 BIRD BAKERY 5912 Broadway 804-2473 BOARDWALK BISTRO 4011 Broadway 824-0100
SILO ELEVATED CUISINE 1133 Austin Highway 824-8686
HOFBRAU & BEER GARDEN 7310 Jones Maltsberger 290-8066
BETO’S 8421 Broadway 930-9393
STONE WERKS Broadway at Basse 823-3508
LA MADELEINE 4820 Broadway 829-7291
PALOMA BLANCA 5800 Broadway 822-6151
TWIN SISTERS BAKERY AND CAFE 6322 N. New Braunfels 822-0761
LION & ROSE ENGLISH PUB 5148 Broadway 822-7673
PICANTE GRILL 3810 Broadway 822-3797
ZEDRICK’S 5231 Broadway 824-6000
HSIU YU 8338 Broadway 828-2273
PAPOULI’S GRILL 255 E. Basse, #384 804-1118
CHEESY JANE’S 4200 Broadway 826-0800
BROADWAY 50/50 5050 Broadway 826-0069
KOI KAWA 4051 Broadway 805-8111
CAPPY’S 5011 Broadway 828-9669
MON THAI BISTRO 4901 Broadway 822-3253
CAPPYCCINO’S BISTRO 5003 Broadway 828-6860
OSAKA JAPANESE STEAK AND SUSHI 4902 Broadway 822-0300
FUDDRUCKERS 8602 Botts Ln. 824-6703
P. F. CHANG’S 255 E. Basse 507-1000
LONGHORN CAFE 1003 Rittiman at Harry Wurzbach 822-7272
SUSHI ZUSHI 999 E. Basse 826-8500
ORDER UP 999 E. Basse 824-9600
CORNER BAKERY CAFE 255 E. Basse #100 44-4553 EARL ABEL’S 2101 Austin Highway, #175 822-3358 EZ’S BRICK OVEN & GRILL 255 E. Basse 804-1199 EZ’S BRICK OVEN & GRILL 6498 N. New Braunfels 828-1111 GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S 2922 Broadway 828-5392 J. ALEXANDER’S 255 E. Basse, #1300 824-0275 MAGIC TIME MACHINE 902 N.E. Loop 410 828-1470 MAMA'S CAFE 2442 Nacogdoches 826-8303 NOSH 1133 Austin Highway 826-6674
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SNOW’S VIETNAM 3244 Broadway 892-7461 TONG’S THAI 1146 Austin Highway 829-7345
CHESTER’S HAMBURGERS 1006 N.E. Loop 410 805-8600 FIVE GUYS BURGERS 260 E. Basse, #107 822-6200
CERRONI’S PURPLE GARLIC 1017 Austin Highway 822-2300 PAESANOS 555 E. Basse 828-5191
BUN ‘N’ BARREL 1150 Austin Highway 828-2829
PIATTI 255 E. Basse 832-0300
THE BARBEQUE STATION 610 N.E. LOOP 410 691-3332
SORRENTO 5146 Broadway 824-0055
CRUMPETS 3920 Harry Wurzbach 821-5454 FREDERICK’S 7701 Broadway 828-9050
TRE TRATTORIA 4003 Broadway 805-0333
ADELANTE 21 Brees Blvd. 822-7681
SOLUNA COCINA MEXICANA 7959 Broadway 930-8070 TACO GARAGE 8403 Broadway 826-4405 TOMATILLOS CANTINA 3210 Broadway 824-3005 URBAN TACO 290 E. Basse, #105 332-5149
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN 255 E. Basse 424-2014 FLORIO’S PIZZA 7701 Broadway 805-8646 GRIMALDI’S PIZZA 330 E. Basse, #101 832-8288 VOLARE GOURMET PIZZA 5054 Broadway 828-3354
CANYON CAFE 255 E. Basse 225-0722
THE BARN DOOR 8400 N. New Braunfels 824-0116 FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE 255 E. Basse 824-9463 RUTH'S CHRIS 7720 Jones Maltsberger 821-5051
78209 W IN E
& D IN E
FLAVORS ARE FRESH AND AUTHENTIC By RON BECHTOL
There‘s a lot of construction happening on Austin Highway these days — even if you only look at the stretch between Sloan Hall and Silo. Long-time denizen of the ‘hood, Tong’s Thai, is accordingly perfectly poised to take advantage of newbie neighbors. Hint: Go there now before the chaotic parking lot becomes even more so during lunch. As with most Asian restaurants, there is an attractively priced lunchtime menu, but eaters with an adventuresome palate will at least want to look at the regular menu for some accessory options. The sushi bar, sharing spotlights with the gilded Thai Buddha that greets you upon entry, is a good place to start. The tamago, or omelet, that is one of the classics of the sushi-nigiri canon wasn’t available on my visit, but the tai (red snapper) perched atop its lozenge of sushi rice, and the tako (octopus) belted to its base with a strip of dried seaweed, were both fresh and appealing. If you’re a fan of pickled ginger, let your server know; Tong’s version is undyed and appealingly sharp, but there could be more of both it and the potent wasabi paste. More potent yet, especially if ordered in the Lao version, is Tong’s slivered green papaya salad. Studded with tiny
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dried shrimp and salted crab, the salad is both a textural delight and a potential minefield; the chopped, shell-on crabs that give the classic dish its authentic accent can be a bit too crunchy to eat. Solution: Ask for chopsticks and seperate them out. What remains is all fish-sauced and deeply flavorful. The accompanying order of white rice helps to complement sauce that would otherwise go under-appreciated. Tong’s offers a number of specialties not easy to find elsewhere in town, among them the fried eggplant appetizer and clams in spicy basil sauce. Soups such as seafood-based Four Aces, served in a flaming hotpot, should also attract culinary thrill-seekers. But if forging new foodie frontiers is not on your agenda, a perfectly acceptable option is a dish such as the Pa-nang red curry with your choice of beef, chicken, pork or tofu. You could, of course, ask for it spicy, but as it otherwise arrives, creamy with coconut milk and lightly accented with chili, the dish will both soothe and satisfy. Fried rice is a good sidekick here. And a glass of — oh, let’s say kiwi — bubble tea will send you out to that happenin’ highway with a happy face. Thailand is, after all, “the Land of Smiles.” www.78209magazine.com | 29
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LA FONDA CLOSES
Speaking of cravings, if you are craving Tex-Mex, you will no longer be able to get your fix at La Fonda Sunset Ridge. The popular ‘09 eatery has closed its doors as of April 1. Generations of families have enjoyed dining at this longtime favorite establishment, and many are mourning the loss of the popular Sunday night hangout. As of press time, there is no word as to whether or not the restaurant will reopen, but when it does, you’ll hear it here.
Last month we told you that one of our favorite stationery shops, You’re Invited, was making a move to The Collection. As of April 20, that move was completed, and you’re invited to come check out the new, modern look and feel of this charming shop. Located across from Revolucion Coffee and Juice Bar, the larger space will still house all the fine stationery brands you’ve come to expect, but also a larger selection of “grab and go” gift items.
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GOINGS - ON IN 78209
Here’s what’s buzzing in 78209 this month. First, if you’ve been craving something new and different, check out CRAVE Juice. These raw, hydraulically cold-pressed concoctions are the brainchild of chef Elizabeth Johnson. An Alamo Heights resident, Johnson is a former chef-instructor at the Culinary Institute of America, and she aided in the conception and launch of NAO restaurant at the Pearl. Each 8-ounce bottle of delicious, healthy goodness contains between two-and-a-half to three pounds of produce. Favorites include Apple, Romaine, Celery and Beet. For those who crave a little something sweet, the Cacao nut milk tastes too good to be so good for you! Sweetened only with dates, it has been described as tasting like “a brownie in a glass.” You can pick up CRAVE Juice at the following locations: Koch Ranches’Gourmet Country Store, Bird Bakery, Zedric’s, Smart Barre, the Quarry Farmer’s Market and the San Antonio Country Club. Drink one, and we promise you’ll be craving more!
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QUENCH YOUR THIRST WITH CRAVE JUICE
THE YOUNG MEN’S SERVICE LEAGUE
Let’s hear it for the boys (and their moms)! The Young Men’s Service League Alamo Chapter is graduating its inaugural group of boys this month. This group of 30 young men, all seniors at Alamo Heights High School, has been involved in YMSL Alamo Chapter since its inception four years ago. What is YMSL? It is a philanthropic organization open to young men in grades 9 through 12. It is designed for mothers and sons to work together on approved projects that range from assisting Wounded Warriors to building homes for Habitat for Humanity, helping with the animals at the Humane Society and volunteering with the Special Olympics. This year’s graduating class and their mothers have performed 3,254 hours of community service and donated more than 747 items to their selected philanthropies’ “wish lists.” To find out more about joining YMSL Alamo Chapter, visit http://ymslalamo.chapterweb.net.
LOOKING FOR A LOCATION
University of the Incarnate Word announced that the SAISD’s Fox Tech High School football fields will not be the site for the university’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. Two other locations, one on Datapoint Drive and one at Brooks City Base, are still being considered as viable options. UIW intends to move forward with a 2016 school opening date and obtain preliminary program accreditation. In a press release, UIW Chancellor Denise Doyle said, “In whichever of the two locations our medical school ultimately is built, the mission of the school remains to extend medical education in San Antonio and South Texas.”
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78209 RESIDENT ARTIST RUSSELL STEPHENSON TO BE J.R.MOONEY GALLERIES BOERNE EXHIBIT
Join J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art Boerne May 10, 2014 at 4pm – 8pm as they feature “Unveiling Texas”, a two person exhibition featuring Jose Vives-Atsara (1919-2004) and Russell Stephenson (b.1973). Two artists 50 years apart sought to capture the timeless sensibility that we know as the Texas, Southwest and Mexican landscapes. Through individual aspirations, artistic interpretations and geographic assimilations, we discover that half a century adds even more lineage to the pictorial depiction of Texas story; brought forth between generational Texpatriots. In the 1960’s San Antonio painter Jose VivesAtsara, dove into landscape abstraction during a time when Abstract Expressionism was in its infancy. Highlights of his decade’s long artistic career include a city of San Antonio initiated gift to the Pope John Paul II for the Vatican presented by Archbishop Patrick Flores in 1987 to painted contributions within the art collection of Juan Carlos, King of Spain. His artwork is in the collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art and many prominent private collections. Most of his abstract landscapes have never been seen and never exhibited! San Antonio artist Russell Stephenson gives us a throng of meditative, romantic and warm golden-brown abstract landscapes; capturing the setting sun or the dawning of a new day in his Panoramic Texas series. With glazes, textures, and a mastered control of pressure, Stephenson lays forth bountiful clouds and atmospheres that dance across the Texas skies a pictorial grandeur to the majestic skyline; visually reinforcing the “big and bright” of the revered Texas tune. The exhibit is free and open to the public at J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art in Boerne. For addtional information, call 830-816-5106.
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POLICE BLOTTER POLICE BLOTTER 78209
ALAMO HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT - CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION
ALAMO HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION 6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-2164 FAX (210) 822-7111
EMERGENCY DETENTION 04/01/14 200 blk Grandview Officers responded to a reported male subject on the roof of a residence wearing nothing but underwear. Officers located the subject, who was suffering from a mental condition and was delusional. Officers were able to coax the subject off the roof and transported him to University Hospital for evaluation. VEHICLE BURGLARY 04/02/14 5100 blk Broadway A vehicle owner reported that on 03/28/14 someone unlawfully entered his vehicle through an unlocked door and stole the stereo from the dash. Video surveillance captured the images of two (2) suspects and a suspect vehicle. The investigation will continue. THEFT - ENHANCED 04/02/14 4800 blk Broadway An officer on patrol observed a male subject drinking beer in a landscaped shrubbery area of a residential yard. Investigation revealed the subject had stolen the beer from a nearby grocery store. Investigation further revealed the subject had several previous convictions for theft and a criminal trespass warning not to go back on the grocery store property. The subject was transported to jail and charged with an enhanced theft due to the previous convictions. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF/GRAFFITI 04/02/14 6100 blk Broadway Unknown subject(s) applied graffiti to a wall of a building under construction. AHPD detectives will research available databases to compare the graffiti style with known offender tagging styles. CRIMINAL TRESPASS 04/02/14 100 blk Alta Officers responded to a residence for a report of a male subject attempting to force his way into a neighbor’s residence. Responding officers located a male subject at the back door area who was non-compliant to officer’s instructions. The subject was taken into custody after a struggle and found to be under the influence of alcohol and impaired. The homeowner stated the subject was an acquaintance who had been at the residence earlier. The subject was transported to a detoxification facility for treatment.
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ASSUALT FAMILY VIOLENCE 04/04/14 300 blk Albany An argument about driving habits escalated into violence when a female subject pushed her fiancée, causing him to fall over rocks sustaining injury to his eye. The female was transported to jail. DWI 04/04/14 6900 blk Broadway The driver of a vehicle stopped for speeding and swerving across traffic lanes was found to be under the influence of alcohol and impaired. The driver was transported to jail. DWI - MINOR 04/05/14 100 blk E. Elmview A 17-year-old minor stopped for speeding and driving recklessly on neighborhood streets was found to be under the influence of alcohol and impaired. The driver was released for transport to a hospital for treatment of self-inflicted injuries to a hand prior to being stopped by police. THEFT 04/07/14 500 blk Argo A resident reported that two (2) potted plants were stolen from the front porch of the residence during the daytime hours. NARCOTICS VIOLATION 04/07/14 5200 blk Broadway A driver stopped for traffic violations was found to have a suspended driver’s license. During a pre-impoundment inventory of the driver’s vehicle a quantity of marijuana was found in the center console. The driver was released pending at-large charges being filed at a later date. UNLAWFULLY CARRY WEAPON 04/08/12 6100 blk Broadway A driver of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation was found to have a suspended driver’s license. A pre-impoundment inventory of the vehicle discovered a quantity of marijuana. Further inventory discovered two handguns. The driver was arrested for the offenses and transported to jail. WANTED PERSON 04/10/14 4900 blk Broadway The driver of a vehicle stopped for speeding was found to have an active
warrant for his arrest issued by Bexar County for Driving While Intoxicated. The driver was transported to the Magistrate’s office for disposition. NARCOTICS VIOLATION 04/10/14 4900 blk Broadway The driver of a vehicle stopped for traffic violations was found to have never been licensed to drive. During a pre-impoundment inventory of the vehicle controlled narcotics were found that were not contained in a clearly marked prescription container or were prescribed to the driver. The driver was released at large with narcotics charges pending. EMERGENCY DETENTION 04/11/14 5000 blk Broadway Officers dispatched for a male subject swinging a golf club at passing cars and signs determined the subject was mentally ill and no longer using his prescribed drugs. The subject was uncooperative and resisted officers taking him into custody. The subject was transported to University Hospital for an evaluation. THEFT 04/11/14 5100 blk Broadway A spare tire was stolen from a vehicle parked in a business parking lot. ALCOHOL VIOLATION 04/13/14 500 blk Harrison An officer on patrol during the early morning hours observed a vehicle parked in the roadway with the parking lights on. Closer investigation discovered two (2) minor subjects who had been consuming alcohol. The minors were issued citations and released to parents summoned to the location. WANTED PERSON 04/15/14 4700 blk Broadway The driver of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation was found to have a suspended driver’s license and an active arrest warrant issued by Parker County. The driver was taken into custody and transported to the Magistrate’s office for disposition. WANTED PERSON 04/16/14 100 blk Albany A vehicle occupied by three (3) male subjects was stopped in the early morning hours for a traffic violation and under suspicious circumstances. Investigation discovered the vehicle had the identification plate removed from the dashboard and had not been registered in several years. Further investigation discovered one of the subjects had an active warrant issued by Bexar County and he was taken into custody. A pre-impoundment inventory revealed several items commonly used in coin operated machine burglaries as well as several rolls of quarters. Criminal histories revealed all three (3) subjects have been arrested for various burglary offenses in the past.
WANTED PERSON 04/17/14 5200 blk Broadway A male subject contacted by officers was found to have an active arrest warrant issued by Bexar County for narcotics violations. The subject was transported to the Magistrate’s office for disposition. NARCOTICS VIOLATION 04/18/14 6100 blk Broadway The driver of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation was found to have a suspended driver’s license. During a pre-impoundment inventory of the vehicle the officer found a small quantity of marijuana and narcotics paraphernalia. The driver was released with citations and the vehicle impounded. WANTED PERSON 04/18/14 500 blk Austin Hwy An officer on patrol observed two (2) subjects at a retail location who had been given notice they were not welcome there. The officer initiated contact and investigation revealed one of the subjects had an active warrant for his arrest issued by Bexar County. The subject was transported to the Magistrate’s office for disposition. WANTED PERSON 04/19/14 4900 blk Broadway The driver of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation was found to have a suspended driver’s license. Further investigation determined the driver had an active arrest warrant issued by Bexar County for narcotics violations. The driver was transported to the Magistrate’s office. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 04/19/14 4700 blk Broadway A large window was shattered by an unknown projectile. WANTED PERSON 04/19/14 6100 blk N New Braunfels A male subject observed acting suspiciously in a residential area was contacted by an officer. Investigation revealed the subject had an active warrant for his arrest issued by Bexar County. The subject was transported to the Magistrate’s office for disposition. BURGLARY - GARAGE 04/20/14 300 blk Wildrose A resident returning from vacation discovered items stolen from a detached garage near the alley. There was no forced entry to the garage, which was intentionally left unlocked due to construction being conducted on the property and some items to be installed as a part of the construction were stored inside.
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Photo courtesy Alamo Heights Independent School District
Alamo Heights High School students study in state-of-the-art classrooms.
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Published on May 6, 2014