A year after a truncated version of A Night in Old San Antonio, or NIOSA, was held, the popular four-day event returned to La Villita, let’s say, wider than ever.
Construction work began last month on a makeover of Maverick Plaza at La Villita, three years after local chef Johnny Hernandez’s Grupo La Gloria signed a 49-year lease with the city to turn it into a culinary destination.
The San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum was originally founded in 2017 on the East Side and has recently moved to La Villita.
Sam Panchevre, owner of Sam’s Burger Joint and the Aztec Theatre, is now leasing the buildings that once housed the Little Rhein Steak House and the Fig Tree.
After catching criticism that its Fall Heritage Festival could turn into a “superspreader” event, the Conservation Society of San Antonio and city officials have pulled the plug on the gathering.
The Conservation Society will host a NIOSA-style event called Fall Heritage Festival on Nov. 6, but it’s drawing criticism from La Villita tenants and restaurant owners.
The renovation includes the building of three restaurants inside Maverick Plaza lead by chef Johnny Hernandez.
Changes to Maverick Plaza are spearheaded by the addition of Mexican, Spanish and German restaurants, and a new fountain near South Alamo.
La Villita and Market Square tenants are likely to receive a four-month rent abatement because of closures related to Covid-19.
As tenants of the historic La Villita and Market Square retail hubs prepare to reopen in early June, some are looking to the city for financial relief.