With the current wave of Austin restaurant shutters claiming a new victim seemingly every week, it’s no wonder that budding restaurateurs might be looking for friendlier climes. San Antonio's lower startup costs and a bustling culianry scene may provide the perfect opportunity.
At least that’s the next step for well-known Capital City chef Patrick “PJ” Edwards, former culinary director of Edgewise, the hospitality group behind popular eateries Contigo and Contigo Fareground, as well as the recently shuttered Chicon In September, he and wife Lindsey Edwards will be opening Meadow Neighborhood Eatery & Bar in the former location of Alamo City’s Tre Enoteca at 555 W Bitters Rd., according to a July 18 release.
Although he has been working in the Capital City for the past few years, PJ is no stranger to San Antonio. The chef grew up in nearby La Vernia and spent the first decade of his career working in San Antonio kitchens, including a stint as sous chef at Jason Dady’s much-missed Bin 555. Lindsey also spent some time working for the famous chef in her previous role as general manager for the Jason Dady Restaurant Group.
“I’m eager to fulfill this culinary dream in San Antonio and bring a farm-driven concept to the community I’ve always considered home,” said PJ in the release. “Meadow will serve as a reliable neighborhood restaurant, it has something for everybody.”
The menu will rely heavily on vegetables with a house pickling program and plant-based options like grilled okra and stewed field peas. Carnivores can expect approachable American fare like freshly ground burgers, ribeye steaks, and fried chicken. Kids will be welcomed with a list of comfort food favorites.
In addition to dinner service Tuesday through Saturday, Meadow will also offer a Sunday brunch. The offerings will be a take on regional cooking; highlights include poached eggs with grits and creamed corn fritters.
The interior, with a full view of the live fire kitchen, will be warm with a heavy use of wood. A lounge area and patio will be a perfect place to enjoy the bars selection of Texas craft beer, wine, and signature cocktails.
If you can’t wait until September to try out Meadow, the restaurant will be hosting a series of pop-ups at San Antonio's Cullum’s Attagirl on July 23 and August 26. The eatery promises more summer pop-ups in the coming weeks.