Over the past year we have seen some of this city’s small business owners, artist, chefs, and public officials do remarkable things to put San Antonio on the map. We asked our readers to share what they thought were some of the best things to come out of 2013. Below are the results of our survey.
Best New Coffee Shop: Local Coffee
303 Pearl Pkwy – www.localcoffeesa.com
Like craft beers and craft cocktails, locals are eschewing mass production and instead demanding a more authentic and carefully made option for their cup of joe. Local Coffee continues to tap into this feeling in 2013 and Rivard Report readers agree. The establishment grew to three locations this year.
Best New Restaurant 2013: Minnie’s Tavern and Rye House
328 E. Josephine Street
In 2013 San Antonio’s restaurant culture came into it’s own, with chefs experimenting with food and drink to provide customers with an authentic food experience. No one seems to know where the future direction of the local gastronomic scene better than Andrew Weissman. Rivard Report readers chose Minnie’s Tavern and Rye House, his newest addition to an already impressive portfolio of great restaurants, as the best new restaurant of 2013
Best New Outdoors Space: Mission Reach
After decades of neglect, the southern portion of the San Antonio river has experienced a renaissance. Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, San Antonio River Foundation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and private citizens invested heavily via funding ($245.7 million total) and political capital to transform the eight-mile stretch of the river south of downtown connecting Southtown to the Spanish Missions. It’s hard to find a county or city project that has done more to increase the quality of life for locals. The Mission Reach grand opening was this October, but river improvement projects continue along the river.
Best New Residential Development: Can Plant at The Pearl
503 Avenue A – www.thecanplant.com
Although the Can Plant was built in 2012, our readers chose this development as the best “new” residential development – and we can’t really blame them. Can Plant at The Pearl has seemed to set off a chain reaction of residential and retail development around the southern portion of Broadway Street. The Can Plant along with others like 1221 Broadway 1221, 1800 Broadway and The Mosaic are setting the stage for rapid housing growth between Alamo Heights and downtown.
Best New Historical Restoration: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
100 Auditorium Circle – www.tobincenter.org
Formerly known as the Municipal Auditorium, the Tobin Center of the Performing Arts aims to be the major game changer that downtown has longed for. The facade, built in the 1920s will be kept in tact while the rest of the building is constructed with a very modern design. This new development – which opens in fall 2014 – may serve as a template for future architectural design in the city’s urban core, blending modern and progressive architecture with the historical nature of downtown.
Best New Art Gallery: Cinnabar
In 2013 The Blue Star Arts Complex drifted toward a more retail and restaurant oriented development but Cinnabar seemed to defy this trend. Our readers chose this as the Best New Art Gallery of 2013. Cinnabar is delivering amazing art to the Alamo City and promises to keep pushing the envelope in 2014.
Best New Annual Event: Meatopia
Nov 2013 at The Pearl – www.meatopia.org
Meatopia, an event dedicated to all things meat, held its first ever event outside of London and New York in San Antonio this past November. Chefs from all over the country came to here to show off their cooking capabilities. Meatopia is a glowing example of San Antonio beginning to flex its culinary muscle for the world to see.
Best New Farmers Market – The Pearl’s Farmers Market
Every Saturday at ThePearl Brewery – www.atpearl.com
Although it did not start in 2013, our readers decided that The Pearls Farmers Market is the best new farmers market in San Antonio – in many ways they are right. The event continues to gain popularity and proves once again that The Pearl is becoming one of the main cultural centers of San Antonio.
Best New Small Business – The Tiny Finch
302 Pearl Parkway Ste. 116 – www.thetinyfinch.com
The Tiny Finch is a unique, upscale boutique that opened for business in September of 2013. The boutique offers a wide array of offerings, from postcards to pillows and everything in between. The Tiny Finch is great example of the urban core’s growing sophistication.