San Antonio’s first food hall, The Bottling Department, opened today with five new restaurants. Part of the revitalized 22-acre Pearl Brewery, the dining establishments will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. The five new tenants include:
- Bud’s Southern Rotisserie, from Cookhouse and NOLA Brunch & Beignets’ Pieter and Susan Sypesteyn. The menu continues the chefs love affair with Louisiana Southern comfort food, featuring rotisserie chicken, porchetta, and traditional sides.
- Fletcher’s, which serves a specialty short rib, chuck, and brisket blend burger on brioche buns sourced from Tribeca Ovens in New Jersey. The restaurant will also serve a chicken sandwich, hot dogs, and grilled cheese for kids.
- Tenko, a ramen spot from former Hot Joy chef Quealy Watson, will offer a challenge to spice lovers: anyone can add the optional “mouth-numbing battery acid chili.” Its pop-ups attracted major crowds.
- Maybelle’s, an offshoot of the popular bakeshop Bakery Lorraine, will have an abbreviated menu of sweets: donuts, fried pies, coffee, and soft serve ice cream.
- The Good Kind, a healthy cafe from chef Tim McDiarmid, a.k.a. Tim the Girl, with grab-and-go or dine-in options that cater to a variety of diet options (think: panini, avocado toasts, and gluten-free macaroni and cheese).
The Bottling Department is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the weekdays, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. To kick off the grand opening, the space will host a concert from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, Monday, July 24.
Other dining essentials in the Pearl space include Steve McHugh's meat-focused Cured, barbecue and Southern spot The Granary; a year-round farmer’s market; The Culinary Institute of America; Il Sogno Osteria from James Beard award-nominated chef Andrew Weissman; Austin transplant Lick Ice Creams; Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery, and buzzy watering hole High Street Wine Co.
Austin is scheduled to get a food hall in November, with the opening of Fareground in downtown. Expected vendors include Emmer & Rye’s new offshoot and ice cream cart, Dai Due’s taqueria, sushi from Kome, Contigo, Easy Tiger, and Antonelli's Cheese Shop.