Chef Johnny Hernandez shares update for Southtown favorites Burgerteca, The Fruteria

San Antonio chef Johnny Hernandez. 

San Antonio chef Johnny Hernandez. 

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Chef Johnny Hernandez's brands of San Antonio restaurants are returning to pre-pandemic menus and hours of operation. The homegrown, lauded chef who owns La Gloria, Burgerteca, and The Frutería is busy with updates as the end of year approaches. He's working on a new build, holiday orders and expanded hours. 

Burgerteca, the Southtown restaurant specializing in Mexican-inspired burgers, is returning to a daily schedule, Hernandez says. The restaurant had been previously closed on Mondays amid the pandemic. Burgerteca will also soon expand the menu of burgers, loaded fries, and sandwiches to include a few pizzas like an al pastor option. The restaurant is also bringing back the Chilaquil Burger, which is topped with an egg, and the Pacifica Tuna Burger. 

Hernandez is also serving up changes less than a mile away at The Frutería. A year after hitting pause on lunch hours, Frutería fans can now drop in starting at 11 a.m. for botanas. The Frutería reopened for dinner in July after closing in December 2020. Hernandez and his team spent the hiatus revamping the 9-year-old restaurant to emphasize the bar area and include more art. 

La Gloria, Hernandez's first San Antonio restaurant, also has updates. A Brooks extension of the Pearl flagship is making progress on construction, but Hernandez says there has been some "struggle" with the availability of materials that has pushed the opening to February 2022. The Southside addition will mark the third free-standing La Gloria in San Antonio. Hernandez also operates walk-up versions of Burgerteca and La Gloria at the AT&T Center and Toyota Field, as well as La Gloria and The Fruteria satellites at the San Antonio International Airport. 

Hernandez's restaurants are preparing for tamale season, too. La Gloria and The Frutería are selling chicken salsa verde, puerco en chile rojo, and black bean and queso fresco tamales by the half dozen for $10.