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Hot Joy Opening Thursday

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.

Hot Joy logo

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?

For further information, visit ‘Like’ on Facebook at Follow on Twitter at @HotJoySA and on Instagram at For information on Empty Stomach’s sister restaurants please visit and



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BBQ in Southtown and Specht’s Store; More Restaurant News

The Two Bros., Jason and Jake Dady, are teaming up with Steve Newman of the Friendly Spot Ice House and Alamo Street Eat Bar to open B&D Ice BBQ and Draft at 1004 S. Alamo St. The spot is across the street from the Friendly Spot in an old ice house that Bruno D’Zanski operated for decades.

Crowds line up for a beer at the Friendly Spot.

Friendly Spot’s Steve Newman, Dady brothers will open a BBQ, draft beer spot on South Alamo.

The B refers to Newman’s signature beard, while the D refers to Dady as well as barbecue and draft beer. (If you thought otherwise, burn your copy of “Fifty Shades of Gray” right now. Burn it, for good measure, in any case.)

According to the new spot’s website, the place is expected to open in the spring with plenty of Texas craft beer, Texas wine and Texas pit barbecue.

“We are super stoked to make it to Southtown,” Jason Dady says on the site. “Great Texas pit barbecue and the emerging Texas craft beer movement is a perfect fit. We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such a great neighborhood and restaurant scene.”

Ready for a lobster omelet for brunch? Saveurs 209 has it.

Saveurs 209, 209 Broadway, will now be serving brunch on Sundays.

The menu includes omelets with your choice of sun-dried tomatoes, bacon, lobster, mushrooms and house-cured salmon as well as Croque Monsieur or Madame, duck leg confit with fingerling potatoes, charcuterie, and shrimp with coconut and curry rice.

Viennese pastries and croissants, desserts, coffees and wine cocktails are also available.

Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saveurs 209 has changed its hours, too. It is now open for lunch Wednesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner  Tuesday to Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. as well as Saturday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. For reservations, call (210) 223-0209.

pearl market vegetablesOrganic Farmers conference coming to SA

The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is having its 2015 conference in San Antonio. No dates or location have been announced yet, bt this is great news for lovers of organic food grown nearby.

Specht’s Store changes hands

Specht’s Store, 112 W. Specht Road, has a new owner, new hours and more music, according to Facebook. But the big news is that it is now offering Texas barbecue.

The new owners are Truman Love, who was once owner of the Water Street Oyster Bar in San Antonio, and Dave Dickson.

New hours are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Call (830) 438-1888 for information.

“We are serving the best in time honored: Barbecue, Bands, and Beer,” they posted. “We cook exclusively on post oak. We serve only Certified Angus Beef: Choice to Prime. We prepare everything on premises daily. We make our own sausage. Brisket, Spare Ribs, Sausage, Sides, Sauce and Dessert served daily. Specialty items of Turkey Breast, Brined Pork Chop, Prime Rib, Chicken and Salmon change daily.”

Hot Joy finds home

Expect Hot Joy to open in its own home some time after Valentine”s Day, chef Quealy Watson said during the recent San Antonio Cocktail Conference, where he was serving Tater Tot Chat to the throngs.

The restaurant, which had been a popup feature at the Monterey, will be in the spot that once housed China Latina, 1014 S. Alamo St. Look for more Asian fusion dishes filtered through Watson’s sense of fun.

SoHo gets into food

SoHo Wine & Martini Bar, 214 W. Crockett St., will soon be offering Akaushi beef sliders, duck fat fries, chicken and waffles, and more.

Brandon McKelvey of Say.She.Ate will be serving up his treats from a kitchen that’s being added to the bar known for its great cocktails and more.

Expect the kitchen to be open in the next few weeks.

Call (210) 444-1000.


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Andrew Weissman Wins Mentor Award

Andrew Weissman

Andrew Weissman of Il Sogno and the Sandbar, both at the Pearl Brewery, 200 E. Grayson St., won the Mentor Award this week from during the website’s first Austin-San Antonio Rising Stars awards party.

Weissman, who originally owned Le Rêve, was cited for shaping a new generation of local talent. Some of the people who have worked for Weissman include Doug Horn of Dough, Chris Carlson of the Sandbar, Byron Bergeron of Fig Tree Restaurant, and Michael Sohocki, whose Restaurant Gwendolyn is in the former Le Rêve location at 152 E. Pecan St.

Sohocki was honored by StarChefs for Sustainability Chef. Jason Dady was one of two Restaurateurs of the Year, with Austin’s Tyson Cole. Jeret Pea of the Esquire Tavern and Quealy Watson of the Monterey were also among the San Antonians honored.

It’s been a busy week for Weissman, who also cooked Wednesday for 65 guest chefs and members of the Culinary Institute of America’s board. The list included Thomas Keller of the French Laundry and Per Se, Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s, and Charlie Palmer, all of whom were filled with praise for the dinner at Il Sogno.

Weissman hadn’t met Yamaguchi before and really enjoyed talking with the chef, known for showcasing the seafood of the Hawaiian islands in spectacular ways.

For more information on Il Sogno, call (210) 223-3900.

Posted in Daily DishComments Off on Andrew Weissman Wins Mentor Award Shines a Light on Austin, San Antonio Chefs has announced its 2012 Austin–San Antonio Rising Stars award winners, including several favorite names from the San Antonio dining scene.

The winners will be showcased at the Rising Stars Revue at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at The Driskill Hotel in Austin. The walk-around tasting gala, , hosted by Chef Jonathan Gelman of Driskill Grill, will give diners the opportunity to eat their way through a series of Austin and San Antonio’s restaurants and sample beverage pairings by the winning sommelier and mixologist.

This is the first year has held a Rising Stars Revue in Austin-San Antonio.

More than 60 Austin-San Antonio candidates were considered through in-person tastings and interviews.

The 2012 Austin-San Antonio Rising Stars Award Winners, with San Antonio winners in bold:


David Bull, Congress Austin

Ned Elliott, Foreign & Domestic

Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue

Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine

Rene Ortiz, La Condesa

Paul Qui, Uchiko

Quealy Watson, The Monterey

Andrew Wiseheart, Contigo


Plinio Sandalio, Carillon

Philip Speer, Uchiko


Michael Sohocki, Restaurant Gwendolyn


Josh Watkins, Carillon


John Bates and Brandon Martinez, Noble Pig


Tyson Cole, Uchi, Uchi Houston and Uchiko

Jason Dady, Bin 555, Tre Trattoria, and Two Bros. BBQ Market


June Rodil, Congress Austin


Jeret Peña, The Esquire Tavern

The Mentor Award, presented by Vitamix, will be given to an influential chef who has shaped a new generation of culinary talent locally. It will be announced at the gala, along with a Brewer Award. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dish of the night. The Rising Star who garners the most votes will receive a Jade Range 18-inch commercial plancha.

Tickets are $85 per person; VIP tickets are $125 and include a private reception with Champagne and Petrossian caviar, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 212-966-7575.



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