Haute cuisine in a trailer park?
Well, sort of.
Restaurateur Andrew Weissman says paperwork has been signed and development is proceeding for a property on the San Antonio River Walk, kitty corner from the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Look for The Luxury: Haute Trailer Cuisine, in November, he says.
This is the name for what he envisions as a twist on the trendy mobile dining idea that should be fun for kids and affordable for adults.
Three retrofitted Airstream trailers will serve the functions of kitchens in the food service area.
A play park for kids is planned, as well as an outdoor, shady, area for adults to relax, eat and have a drink. The lot, about an acre, is at the corner of Jones Avenue and Ave. B.
The name, he says, relates to the reputation for quality that the Airstream trailers have always had, but is also pokes a little fun at his reputation for concentrating on fine dining (and those who complain about it).
The classic, shiny trailers will offer drinks, entrees and desserts at $5 each. Each function will be separately prepared in one of the trailers, says Weissman.
For the kids, there will be a playscape, or an enclosed area where they can have fun while their parents relax nearby. The play area is a concept that has worked well at one of Weissman’s other restaurants, Big’z, on Loop 1604.
Its design will be subtle, says Weissman. “If you walk up to it, you might not even recognize it as a play area for kids.”
Plans for the property, from landscaping to outfitting the mobiles and having them plumbed, to designing the play area and restrooms, are already well underway, says Weissman. The final papers for the property were signed Tuesday, he said.
“A big part of this location will be its environmental aspects. It will feel like a garden, with native plants, brick pavers, trees. We want to make it have as minimal an environmental impact as possible. We’ll also be concentrating on eco-friendly practices, such as using bamboo packaging and so forth,” Weissman said.
Weissman and his wife, Maureen, own several other venues in San Antonio. These include The Sandbar, a fresh seafood restaurant at the Pearl Brewery. Il Sogno, an Italian restaurant, is also at the Pearl, while Big’z Burger Joint is out on Loop 1604.
As a chef and restaurateur, Weissman gained national recognition, including four James Beard Award nominations for his first restaurant, Le Reve. The contemporary French restaurant on Pecan Street closed last year.