Whole-animal eating isn't as much of a food trend as it is a return to the way most of our ancestors ate, but Swine House Bodega
is ready to bring it back in style — opening San Antonio's first whole-animal sandwich shop on Thursday, May 30.
Swine House owner Joe Saenz will open the new restaurant inside the shared space at Pinch Boil House and Bia Bar, offering a savory breakfast and lunch sandwich menu, made with freshly-baked breads and high-quality meats, including less common, yet delicious cuts like navel short ribs.
"I’m so pumped for what’s happening downtown [with food right now], and I'm excited to be part of it," Saenz told the Current
. "I'm excited to bring something really simple that can also highlight the truly great farmers that work here."
Saenz originally launched Swine House as a local food and catering pop-up business that served roast pig, cured deli meats and charcuterie, but he was also eager to showcase whole-animal eating as a more sustainable and exciting approach to dining.
"There are farmers [in the San Antonio region] who are taking care of animals and making sure they're treated right— I think it makes a really big difference in the final product," he said. "It's hard to buy whole animals, it's a lot of labor and it's expensive, but it's the only thing I'm interested in."
Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m for lunch.
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