Executive chef and veteran San Antonio restaurateur, Rene Fernandez, of Azuca Nuevo Latino, is joining forces with his son and chef, Diego Fernandez.
The two partners will open their new restaurant, Starfish, which is located in the historic building next to Azuca’s bar in the Southtown-King William area. Starfish will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, June 25. The address is 709, S. Alamo St.
Diego Fernandez will be working front and center behind what he’s calling a “cooking bar,” that runs along the side of the entire restaurant. Guests seated at the bar will be able to watch as the younger Fernandez and his team, which includes his wife and pastry chef, Marita Fernandez and sous chef, Michael Evan Martinez, do what they do best, and that’s create stunning cuisine from fresh, often locally-sourced ingredients.
Diego grew up in the food industry. “When I was seven years old we lived in Aruba. My first memory in the kitchen is of seeing my Dad fabricating a 6-foot-long marlin. It drew me in because I had never seen anything like that before,” says Diego.
At 16-years-old, Diego Fernandez began his career as a busboy at Azuca. He worked his way up the ranks, learning to be a server, a bartender, a cook and even a manager. “What started as a job became a trade, then a hobby and eventually a passion,” explains Diego.
After graduating in the first class at the CIA in San Antonio in 2007, Diego left Texas to complete his studies at the CIA in Hyde Park, New York, then took a position at the Ritz Cartlon Hotel in Orlando, Florida. After three year honing his skills, he got a call from his dad, who wanted to know if he was ready to return to San Antonio and transform the building he’d been mainly using for storage.
“It was about time we did something with this beautiful space,” says Rene Fernandez. The “boundless cuisine” of Starfish will focus on seasonal fresh ingredients with a heavy attention to seafood and ingredients unique to Texas. The point being, at Starfish, the cuisine has no limits. The restaurant will also feature unique craft cocktails and specialty brews .
The Monterey and San Antonio Museum of Art Partner for Pop-Up Restaurant
The team behind the Monterey announces the opening of Wild Beast, a pop-up restaurant in collaboration with the San Antonio Museum of Art. It will operate in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition, Matisse: Life in Color, on display at the San Antonio Museum of Art from June 17 through Sept. 7.
The name of the restaurant comes from a short time in the life of the artist, Henri Matisse, when he was part of Les Fauves, which in English means “wild beast'”
Chad Carey, with the group that owns the Monterey, says their restaurant philosophy could well resemble the art of that period, as it is “exuberant, exaggerated and a little bit wild.” The Monterey is located at 1127 South St. Mary’s St.
The counter service cafe menu will be ever-changing; the cafe will be located in the Hops Building at the San Antonio Museum of Art at 200 W. Jones Avenue. It will be open for breakfast and lunch daily, with dinner served on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The hours coincide with those of the museum’s.
Mark Bohanan, owner of Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood.
Bohanan’s recognized as one of country’s top steakhouses in USA Today
Praise of the national kind comes from USA Today about Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood on Houston Street in San Antonio. Here it is: “Exuding a self-proclaimed blend of “Texas spirit and old world charm,” Executive Chef and owner Mark Bohanan cooks up culinary memories and at his eponymous steakhouse, pleasing guests time and again with prime aged center cuts of Midwestern corn-fed beef, along with Japanese Akaushi steaks and freshly prepared seafood dishes as well. Craft cocktails, an award-winning wine list and live jazz also add to the restaurant’s classically charming atmosphere.”