- Lance Higdon
- San Antonio Brewing Company will be occupying the OK Bar & Grocery building.
After a two-year search for a permanent residence, it looks like the San Antonio Brewing Company is going to be OK. Though a post on their Facebook page this past March indicated the nanobrewery had signed a lease, it was revealed only today that SABC will be one of the four restaurants selected to move into Yanaguana Gardens, the first phase of Hemisfair Park’s revival as an urbanist paradise. SABC will be occupying the historical OK Bar & Grocery building, located at the northeast corner of South Alamo and East Cesar Chavez, which they intend to christen “The OK.”
Originally used as part of the Tower Food Patio during the 1968 World Fair, the structure was transported to its current location in the 1990s. Brewmistress Vera Deckard told the San Antonio Current that SABC hopes to begin construction at The OK by August to accommodate their three-barrel brewing system, a small kitchen, and a cozy indoor dining space.
“While the space is small, we are hoping to fit at least 40 people along the bar and a community-style table;” Deckard wrote in an email. “There will be outside seating in front and a large beer garden in back. Customers will be able to come up to the bar, buy a beer and carry it into the park. “ To this end, Deckard also plans to institute a “mug club” of sorts, swapping ceramic steins for more Park-friendly steel pint glasses.
In addition to overseeing beer production with her husband Brent, Deckard will also draw on her culinary background to provide both charcuterie plates and traditional German pretzels-and-schnitzels pub grub to accompany their 16-tap bar — half house brews, half rotating guests, all of which can be taken to go by growler. Deckard also intends to host brewing workshops at The OK, continuing the educational work she has done as a member of the San Antonio Cerveceros.
If weather permits and permits are secured, doors should be open by December. SABC fanatics can keep up with ongoing developments at the SABC Facebook page.
Hemisfair also announced additional tenants, including Paleteria San Antonio, Revolucion Coffee + Juice and the new bar/restaurant Con Safos, from the team behind Faust Tavern, Hi-Tones, and La Botanica, which opened for dinner service this week on the St. Mary's Strip.