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Flavor File: New Joints In Southtown, Downtown and More


We're getting more pizza via Russo's. - COURTESY
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  • We're getting more pizza via Russo's.

August is here (when did that happen?) and with it are several openings for more eateries and bars.

To start things off, the team behind Feast (1024 S. Alamo St.) opened Haunt inside the St. Anthony (300 E. Travis St., 210-215-3808), a new spirit-focused venue with swanky lighting and posh seating areas. The hotel, now part of the Luxury Collection Hotels, was recently featured in ABC's The Bachelorette and has been actively working on a new image. Haunt, brought to you by Andrew Goodman, will be joined by dining concept Rebelle later this year.

Blue Star Provisions (1414 S. Alamo, Suite 103, 210-212-5506) has added a much-needed pantry to the Blue Star Arts Complex. Still under a soft opening stage, the shop features soaps, pastries, roasted chicken, local produce out of Johnson's Backyard Garden, olive oil, a bulk section, a growler station, and Element Kombucha on tap (brewed out of Alchemy Kombucha and Culture). Smoothies and cold-press juices are on the way. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Chuck Hernandez's dream of opening a healthy eatery in the heart of downtown is about to become a reality as O'liva Healthy Cuisine & Tasting Room (115 Plaza De Armas #107, 210-229-2638) readies for a weekend soft opening under the direction of Chris Cook. The eatery will carry boxed to-go lunches and other goods while also aiming to educate downtown denizens on olive oil, local wine and beer, along with healthy eating.

Over on the city's Northside, Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen (17631 La Cantera Pkwy., 210-561-7616) opened this weekend with lunch and dinner. Headquartered in Houston, Russo's serves pizza, calzones, baked pastas, handmade meatballs and more out of its huge 3,500-square-foot space.

Do you want to bottle salsa? Are you trying to develop an app that would make Yelp go away once and for all? Break Fast & Launch can help. The culinary business accelerator developed by Café Commerce is now taking applications for its third cohort. The group will focus on the ins and outs of food tech and food product from labeling to marketing and then some. Fill out your application at

Pencil this in your calendars, food lovers. Culinaria's expanded Restaurant Week returns August 15 through 29. The list of restaurants is still growing — find the roster at

Finally, if you missed out the amazing event that was Night At The Doseum Re-Do Recess, the venue will host another adult-only party with booze and snacks on September 18.

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