Tucker’s Kozy Korner, 1338 E. Houston St., is the heart of the east side. Dating back to 1948, the charming interior highlights a retro-atmosphere and is the current watering hole for jazz aficionados and soul dancers alike. Christopher Cullum, owner of Cullum’s Attaboy hamburgers, has been in the background, sending tasty fare out of the kitchen since early 2011. On New Year’s Day, he will assume control of the front of the house. Growing up running Jim Cullum’s the Landing, Limelight in its hay day, and co-owning Bunsen Burgers, he will draw on these strengths to create a unified experience of cocktails, music and bar eats.
“The rich east side history is what I love most about Tucker’s,” Cullum says. “I want to showcase San Antonio soul food and music by revamping the bar and providing excellent service for a positive customer interaction. My vision is a classic 1940’s cocktail profile with a Southern twist.”
Cullum plans to preserve the bar’s historical features. The food is also staying true to its origins as a hamburger stand, with the addition of fried chicken sliders and a wider array of soul food. Also, guest chef pop-up kitchens will be a new permanent feature.
First day of business will be New Year’s day. The bar will open at 1 p.m. for bottomless mimosas and will feature a Bloody Mary bar. What better way to welcome the New Year with black-eyed peas and corn bread? Entertainment will begin with Midtown Jazz Sound and Jim Cullum & Friends, and will continue into the night with DJ Gibb.
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