We've been chomping at the bit for Hot Joy
(1014 S Alamo) to open its doors and the day is finally here. The Asian pop-up-turned-restaurant will open for business April 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and a smaller late night eats menu from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday-Monday.
The kitchen is helmed by chef Quealy Watson, while drinksies are being mixed up by Jeret Peña (Brooklynite) and Karah Carmack (Esquire Tavern, Bohanan's). The pop-up began in late 2012 and had its last go the weekend before New Year's Eve 2013. Menu favorites include fried cumin pork spring rolls with kimchi salsa, twice-fried chicken wings, soft tofu and tiger salad.
Hot Joy is the largest venture by owners Charlie Biedenharn, Chad Carey and Erick Schlather and Quealy Watson. It sits inside the former China Latina.