10 new or upcoming businesses calling San Antonio's Southside 'home'

 

South Park Mall will soon be home to an EVO entertainment center. 

South Park Mall will soon be home to an EVO entertainment center. 

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San Antonio's Southside, predominantly Southwest and Southeast Military Drive, are being hit with a wave of new investments by national, regional, and local names. Within the last year, the area has welcomed names like Chipotle and is preparing for the arrivals of Dutch Bros Coffee, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, and locally owned La Gloria. The new businesses also include entertainment and wellbeing operations. 

The 2020 closure of Sears at South Park Mall opened up the opportunity for multiple new businesses to move in to the area. The store had been a part of the Southside shopping experience for more than 60 years. Further east on Military Drive, Brooks is welcoming a list of new businesses. 

Get caught up on what's new and coming here. 

EVO at South Park Mall 

EVO, the company that operates entertainment centers throughout Texas with movies, bowling alleys, and arcades under one roof, is expanding into San Antonio proper, tapping into the heart of the Southside. The group revealed South Park Mall as the newest location in its network of cinema-entertainment centers on May 4. The new location is expected to open in December. 

Tru Fit is now open at S.W. Military Drive and Zarzamora. 

Tru Fit is now open at S.W. Military Drive and Zarzamora. 

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Tru Fit 

The Texas-based chain of gyms replaces a Gold's Gym that was housed in the shopping center at the corner of S.W. Military and Zarzamora for 25 years. It opened on May 10. 

Ojos Locos is planning a restaurant at South Park Mall.

Ojos Locos is planning a restaurant at South Park Mall.

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Ojos Locos 

Filings with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation shows the conversion of the 9,950-square-foot auto shop into a sports bar is expected to cost $800,000. 

Chipotle has opened two locations on the Southside recently. 

Chipotle has opened two locations on the Southside recently. 

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Chipotle 

The Denver-based chain, known for customizable burritos and bowls opened the 2741 S.W. Military Drive location in November. The chain operates more than 2,000 locations nationwide, including 14 in San Antonio, but had never touched down south of Highway 90 in its nearly 30 years of business. A second Southside location opened in Brooks at 3155 S.E. Military Drive soon after. 

The Southside location will be San Antonio's first Fitness connection. 

The Southside location will be San Antonio's first Fitness connection. 

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Fitness Connection 

The Houston-based chain of low-cost gyms is opening a location at South Park Mall "soon," the website says. 

Dunkin' is brewing a Southside San Antonio location. 

Dunkin' is brewing a Southside San Antonio location. 

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Dunkin' 

Dunkin' seems to be brewing a location on the Southside. According to the recent Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filings, the Massachusetts-based coffee and sweets brand is planning a shop at 1525 SW Military Drive. 

The 2227 S.W. Military Drive Dutch Bros is under construction. 

The 2227 S.W. Military Drive Dutch Bros is under construction. 

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Dutch Bros Coffee 

Dutch Bros, an Oregon-based chain of coffee shops, is preparing to open on Southwest Military Drive, directly across South Park Mall, the former home of Long John Silver's. A representative for the brand tells MySA that Dutch Bros is "stoked" for its continued San Antonio growth. A concrete date for the opening has not been set. 

La Gloria's Brooks extension is nearing completion. 

La Gloria's Brooks extension is nearing completion. 

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La Gloria 

San Antonio Chef and restaurateur Johnny Hernandez is preparing to open La Gloria at Brooks. Hernandez was hesitant about a giving a hard date, telling MySA the opening is still a "moving target," but shared multiple sets of photos showing the interior of the building on Facebook. In his latest post, the chef-owner says La Gloria at Brooks is opening "soon" and the restaurant is hiring. An online application is available here. 

Black Bear Diner is opening a restaurant in San Antonio as part of a bigger Texas expansion.

Black Bear Diner is opening a restaurant in San Antonio as part of a bigger Texas expansion.

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Black Bear Cafe 

The California-based diner company is working on opening its first San Antonio location at Brooks. 

BJ's was not immediately available to comment on the Southside restaurant but fillings show it is in the works. 

BJ's was not immediately available to comment on the Southside restaurant but fillings show it is in the works. 

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BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse

According to a filing with Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the casual dining chain is planning a location at the corner of S.E. Military and S. New Braunfels. The construction timeline filed with TDLR is from April 11 to September 15. The new build is expected to cost $900,000. A representative for BJ's tells MySA that more information on the opening will be shared in a "couple" of weeks.