The crowd at Southerleigh. Photo by Scott Ball.
Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery, which has a flagship location at the Pearl, is expanding to a third location at The Rim. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

A restaurant group born from its first eatery and brewery at the Pearl in 2015 announced Tuesday it plans to open a third restaurant on San Antonio’s far Northwest Side.

Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery, a restaurant and microbrewery featuring a modern take on Texas’ coastal fare and locally brewed beers, is spinning off yet another new restaurant concept, Southerleigh Bird & Biscuit.

The new “fine-casual” concept will be located at The Rim development on Interstate 10 just north of Loop 1604 and, according to the restaurant group’s spokeswoman, will open during the second quarter of 2020.

“It is a great time to be a part of San Antonio’s growth and we are thrilled to expand our beloved brand in this city,” stated Allison Balfour, Southerleigh Restaurant Group’s co-founder.

The restaurant will offer brunch, lunch, and dinner menus based on Southern-style food, including the restaurant’s signature fried chicken and biscuits, and a full oyster bar, paired with Southerleigh’s locally brewed beers.

“Our fried chicken has always been one of our most loved dishes at our Pearl location so when the idea to create a fast-casual concept featuring this fan favorite began to take shape a few years back, we were inspired by our customers to further develop the recipe while searching for a location that felt like the perfect fit to launch our new brand,” stated Jeff Balfour, chef and co-owner.

Southerleigh’s take on “fine-casual” dining with Bird and Bird & Biscuit is coming to The Rim. Credit: Courtesy / Southerleigh Fine Food and Brewery

“We love connecting people to outstanding food experiences and The Rim seemed like a homerun location.”

A shopping center with big-box stores such as Target and Best Buy, The Rim is home to a Santikos theater and a growing number of apartment developments, hotels, and about 40 restaurants and bars, mostly franchises such as Maggiano’s and Chick-Fil-A, but also Bakery Lorraine, a homegrown favorite at the Pearl.

The Rustic, a restaurant, bar, and music venue with locations in Dallas and Houston, opened at The Rim in 2017, and just before that, the Austin-born Hopdoddy Burger Bar launched its first San Antonio location. But in July, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, located inside The Rim’s sportsman’s destination store Bass Pro Shops, closed its doors after just 15 months. Seven other locations exist around the country.

Southerleigh Bird & Biscuit will occupy a 4,100-square foot-space with enough indoor and outdoor seating for 120 guests, stated the spokeswoman.

“We are thrilled to add another local, chef-driven restaurant to The Rim’s offering,” stated Chris Oviatt, general property manager for The Rim. “Bird & Biscuit is a fun, unique concept which we believe will have broad appeal to residents and visitors alike.”

In addition to the new Bird & Biscuit and its Pearl-based restaurant and brewery company, Southerleigh Restaurant Group is also planning to open a concept at Brooks.

Called Southerleigh Coast & Comfort, that restaurant is expected to open at the end of 2019 and offer a menu of family-style seafood, including fresh oysters as well as Southerleigh beers.

The Southerleigh Bird & Biscuit bar also will offer handcrafted cocktails, frozen drinks, and Southerleigh’s brews. The all-day menu will also include happy hour and brunch specials on the weekends.

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Shari Biediger

Shari Biediger is the development beat reporter for the San Antonio Report.