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🍔 Smashing the burger competition
SATXtoday: Smash'd Interior
San Antonio’s newest burger eatery, Smash’d, is grilling up smashed burgers by Chef Brandon Peterson. | Photo by SATXtoday team
Let’s set the scene: Delicious food, great drinks, cozy vibes, and live music all in one space — that’s what this new burger joint is all about.

Located inside the remnants of Summer Camp (520 E. Grayson St.), emerges San Antonio’s newest burger restaurant called Smash’d. The brainchild of owners Rick Greenfield, Erin Tireman, and Nathan + Veronica Levins, the team partnered with Chef Brandon Peterson to recreate his smashed burger from Summer Camp and expand it into a full restaurant concept.
SATXtoday: Smash'd food

Order the Wake & Bacon Smash’d Burger with a fried egg, bacon, roasted jalapeno aïoli, a hash brown, smashed burger patties, pickles, brioche buns, and a blueberry habanero sauce. Add a Cucumber Smash Cooler on the side to round out your meal.

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Photo by SATXtoday team

Not familiar with a smashed burger? They are made by literally smashing ground beef patties onto the grill with a spatula, and here it doesn’t just stop at hamburgers.

Guests can enjoy a diverse menu featuring smashed hamburgers, chicken burgers, and California-style burritos. All of the menu items are made with locally sourced ingredients including Texas Waygu and buns from Chicago Bagel & Deli.

“If you’ve never had a smashed burger, the Signature Smash’d is the way to go,” says co-owner Erin Tireman.

Smash’d also offers a late night happy hour from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday + Saturday nights featuring $10 signature cocktails, $5 Topo Chico Seltzers, and $30 beer buckets, just to name a few.

🍻 Coming soon

SATXtoday: Smash'd patio

The patio at Smash’d offers live music Wednesday through Saturday and will soon be the site of two new drink concepts: an outdoor bar and a pour-your-own beer station, both coming this summer.

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Photo by SATXtoday team

In addition to its weekly events like trivia and live music, new restaurant amenities are being added to the patio area. First up, an outdoor bar. Starting this summer, patrons can order their favorite beverages outside from a container-styled bar.

A 15-tap pour-your-own beer station is also in the works, allowing guests to grab a Smash’d card they can scan and pour their own beer. Fun fact: Smash’d is using the self-pouring equipment from a bar called The Dooryard that closed last year.
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, May 22
  • “Water Wonks": Regional Flood Planning Process/Conserving Floodplains | Wednesday, May 22 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | San Antonio | Free | Be part of an online conversation with the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance as the organization shares innovative ideas + details about its work in the world of water.
  • Pixar Trivia | Wednesday, May 22 | 6 p.m. | Hops & Hounds, 1119 Ave. B, San Antonio | Free | Assemble your team and battle it out with themed trivia featuring Pixar films like “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Toy Story.”
  • Garden Nights | Wednesday, May 22 | 6-9 p.m. | San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl., San Antonio | $0-$18 | Head to the garden for extended hours, food + drinks, a vendor market, live entertainment, and don’t miss its newest exhibit “Huntopia.”
Thursday, May 23
  • Texas Superstars | Thursday, May 23 | 10-11 a.m. | Rainbow Gardens Bandera, 8516 Bandera Rd., San Antonio | Free | Join Bexar County Master Gardener, Lynn Cox, as she teaches adults which plants can withstand the South Texas summer heat.
  • Latte Art Throwdown | Thursday, May 23 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Crème Coffee & Social, 875 E. Ashby Pl. Ste. 1115, San Antonio | Free | Watch local baristas espresso themselves with a latte art competition, giveaways, refreshments, and mingling with locals.
  • Larry Fuller Trio | Thursday, May 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Jazz, TX, 312 Pearl Pkwy. Ste. 6001, San Antonio | $25-$40 | Listen to this internationally acclaimed jazz pianist play a music set that showcases his versatility.
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The Father’s Day gifts he’ll ask for every year
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It’s not too late to order the Harlestons Seaside Hoodie, Seaside Pullover, or Seaside Pocket Polo for Father’s Day. | Photos by Drew Somerville
Calling all children, partners, and friends of dads everywhere: Harlestons’ Seaside Collection will have the men in your life wishing Father’s Day — ahem, coming up on June 16 — was everyday.

Mix and match any of the pieces in the Seaside Collection (including the hoodie, polo, and quarter-zip) to create a complete look perfect for Father’s Day. Wearable throughout every season, Harlestons’ easy-care, performance fabric keeps you both cozy and cool all year long.
     
    News Notes
     
    Closing
    • Saucy Birds announced it’s closing its doors after rebranding earlier this year. Chef Caesar Zepada and the restaurant staff thanked the community for its support after eight years. The last day to enjoy its fried chicken tenders is Friday, May 31. Stay tuned for pop-up kitchen take overs in June.
    Biz
    • Zachry Holdings filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and included 21 of its affiliated entities. The local construction giant has faced significant financial trouble while working on the Golden Pass LNG export terminal in Sabine Pass. Of the $300 million in unsecured claims, about $133.3 million is owed to Sunbelt Rentals. (SA Business Journal)
    Eat
    • Smashin Crab is hosting its 2nd annual Twist & Pinch Crawfish Festival from Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9 at its three locations. Guests can indulge in five pounds of crawfish for $35 or choose a sandwich with Crawfish Etouffee + mixed cheeses in a garlic butter loaf for $12.
    Jobs
    • Joint Base San Antonio, the City of San Antonio, and Workforce Solutions finalized a deal to expand workforce development services for local veterans and their dependents through the Ready to Work program. The trio will assist veterans leaving the military and their families with job training + placement assistance. (SA Report)
    Drink
    • Drippy’s Coffee dropped its summer happy hour special happening Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. Stop by its spot at the SA Yacht Club for $1-off all cold brews and espresso-based lattes. Can’t wait for happy hour? Here are 38 coffee shops in San Antonio to visit.
    On This Day
    • Tejana singer, Rita Vidaurri, was born today in the Alamo City in 1924. Vidaurri became famous throughout Latin America in the 1940s + 1950s and worked with artists including Nat King Cole, Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, and Eva Garza. The singer died in January 2019 after battling a brief illness.
    Sports
    • You might have heard rumors of the Kansas City Chiefs potentially moving to the Alamo City. The team’s parade bus was spotted at Guaranteed Transmission on the city’s northeast side. It’s currently undergoing routine transmission work while making a cross-country tour for the Chief’s victory at Super Bowl LVIII. (NEWS 4)
    Listen
    • Let’s breakdown Texas A&M’s cornerback room. Get the latest news, analysis, and insider information for the Texas A&M Aggies with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
    Finance
    • Need a new couch thanks to your dogs? Had an unexpected spring cleaning injury? Said “drinks on me” too loudly in Alamo Beer Co.? These four credit cards offer 0% intro APR for up to 18 months — aka nearly two years of no interest charges for when life piles up.*
    Health
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    🌻 Sunflower fields foreverrr
    SATXtoday: Sunflower Field Traders Village
    The 4th annual 10-acre sunflower field at Trader’s Village is in full bloom and now open to the public. | Photo by SATXtoday team
    Looking to frolic through some sunflower fields this summer? Check out the Traders Village 4th annual sunflower field now through Sunday, June 9. Travel through a 10-acre maze of beautiful sunflowers with your friends and family. Is there a better way to enjoy a Texas summer day?

    Here’s what you need to know before you go:

    Admissions

    • The cost to enter is $11.99 per person — children under two enter the field for free.
    • Standard tickets along with upgrade options for an all-day rides pass can be purchased online.
    • An apple cannon is also available on the path with varying prices for five to 10 shots.
    • Pro tip: Remember to dress comfortably for the Texas heat and don’t forget your camera.

    Hours of operation:

    • Fridays: 6-9 p.m.
    • Saturdays + Sundays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    In the case of inclement weather, visit Traders Village on Facebook or call (210) 623-8383 for updated hours.
     
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    Answered
     
    If you were looking for employment, would you apply to the Ready to Work Program?

    San Antonio City Hall

    The San Antonio City Council approved the Ready to Work On the Job Training (OJT) and Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) pilot programs on April 11, 2024. OJT is for workers newly hired or have been hired in the last six months, and IWT is for employees who have been at the companies for six months or longer.

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