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Neighborhood notes

Scribbles is our neighborhood news feature. Once we get rolling, we plan to update it every day. If you've got a news tip, we'd like to hear from you -- just use our contact form to get in touch. We want to know about business openings and closings, new chefs, new features of existing businesses. We're still feeling our way, so let us know what you think.

- Jim Feuerstein

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Liberty Bar patio has opened

We've all been watching the progress on Liberty Bar's new front-yard patio, and it's finally ready to go.

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The parade has begun

There’s no King William Parade this year, but we’ve got house floats

Thanks to the pandemic, one of the neighborhood’s most popular events is cancelled again this year. However, in its place, the King William Association (KWA) and the Lavaca Neighborhood Association (LNA) have organized a New Orleans-style ‘house floats’ display.

The ‘parade’ kicks off today.

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Theres no parade, but we've got house floats

One of our favorite events each year during Fiesta is the King William Parade. It’s quirky and fun, and it feels like our Lavaca and Friends neighborhood.

So we were, of course, disappointed to learn that — thanks to the pandemic — we’d be going one more year without it.

Thankfully, we’re getting an alternative.

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Bar Loretta is getting closer

Bar Loretta is taking over the old Madhatters space on Beauregard, just off South Alamo Street, and it’s starting to shape up.

We spoke with owner Roger Herr late Saturday afternoon. He gave us a walkthrough of the space and talked about his vision for creating a real neighborhood spot — one that he can walk to from his home on King William.

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We now have a Facebook page

Lavaca and Friends now has a Facebook page. When we publish something important here, we'll post an announcement on that page, so you might want to check it out and follow us.

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New place at 1102 South Alamo has staying power

A lot of people were surprised at how quickly the popular business Eleven-O-Two came and went. During the pandemic, it became popular for its abundant and socially-distanced outdoor seating, both for morning coffee and evening wine and beer.

Its replacement in the space, The Jewel, may have more staying power.

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International walking event heading for the neighborhood

Since January 1 of this year, the national headquarters of the AVA (“America’s Walking Club”) has been right here in the neighborhood, at 1008 South Alamo.

The AVA has 200 clubs across the United States and sponsors over 2,500 annual events. One of the biggest events internationally is headed for San Antonio.

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Hot Joy is sharing a recipe

Chef John Philpot of Hot Joy has a following in the neighborhood, thanks to his creative cuisine and intense flavors. He has shared one of his recipes with us.

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There is coffee again at 1102 South Alamo

A lot of us were saddened when Eleven-O-Two closed up the business at 1102 South Alamo. But the space has an occupant again -- The Jewel -- and it's making a comeback.

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Labor Street closed from César Chávez to Lavaca Street

The Lavaca Neighborhood Association has just been notified that Labor Street, from César Chávez to Lavaca Street, will be fully closed for the next sixty days, beginning immediately.

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The Flour Place may be dead before arrival

After months of 'coming soon', the Flour Place on South Alamo may not be coming at all.

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Chef Rene has given us his cornbread recipe

Regulars at Chef Rene Fernández's Azuca restaurant on South Alamo are fans of his signature cornbread. We asked him for the recipe, and he delivered.