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Hot Joy Opening Thursday

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Hot Joy, the restaurant, from chef Quealy Watson and the Empty Stomach restaurant group, will open its doors to the public Thursday (April 3).

After nine months of serving patrons on Sundays and Mondays at The Monterey, where Watson was also executive chef, the Hot Joy team is excited to debut a new space with a full menu and cocktail program.

When Watson and Empty Stomach partner Chad Carey saw the multiplying crowds at the weekly pop-up, the pair decided they needed to find a way to bring Hot Joy to the people, every day. Watson came on as the official executive chef/partner in Hot Joy and he and Carey began the search for a space Hot Joy could call a permanent home. The result is a 120-seat space restaurant in the historic King William neighborhood of San Antonio that will be open for lunch, dinner and late night.

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Hot Joy is located at 1014 S. Alamo Street, the restaurant will be open Thursday-Monday for lunch, dinner and late night (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Lunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 5 p.m. -11 p.m. Late Night Menu: 11 p.m. -2 a.m.

The new location’s expansive menu encompasses favorites from previous pop-up dinners, as well as some new creations. Undeniably Pan-Asian, the menu not only includes Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisine but also Indian and Malaysian flavors. The most unique dishes are influenced by Hot Joy’s Texas location, including a Frito Pie made with Szechuan beef and a Dirty Fried Rice made with Cajun dirty rice topped with jalapeño, shrimp, Mongolian spice and egg.

As with The Monterey, and Empty Stomach’s second venture, Barbaro, Hot Joy will have a focus on quality drinks to accompany the food. Hot Joy’s bar will be helmed by James Beard nominated Jeret Pena, as well as last year’s Texas Speed Rack winner Karah Carmack. Hot Joy also aims to have the coolest Riesling list in Texas – because what pairs better with some spicy Asian kick?

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