The General Public and Bowl & Barrel
Always an early adopter and supporter of new restaurants in San Antonio (and beyond!) I wanted to include pictures, video, and notes from my most recent culinary adventure to the new restaurant in Northwest San Antonio, at The Rim. Both components are physically located next to each other, you do have to physically exit one to enter the other. Remember that the Rim also has a four story parking garage behind the restaurant/bowling alley (don’t tell my brother in law you heard about the garage from me.) If you don’t park in the parking garage you’ll be fighting for a couple of parking spots with the movie theater crowd which is already crazy.
At a Glance
Here’s a 45 second montage of both the restaurant and hipster bowling alley:
The General Public
I really like the modern industrial decor of this new restaurant. Created by Dallas natives and SMU grads, Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz, they were ready to create a concept in San Antonio. You’re greeted by bright, natural light streaming through almost a way of windows. There’s a soothing navy blue theme throughout the restaurant that encircles the large wooden bar in the middle of the restaurant. You can see their menu influenced by craft cocktails and happily sourced ingredients with lots of fresh or homemade components visibly displayed. Their restaurant group, FreeRange Concepts includes Dallas restaurants, Mutt’s Cantina.
Website: http://www.thegenpublic.com/ (has not been recently updated.)
Find their menu, here.
- Day drinking encouraged! BEFORE 5pm, enjoy $4 Rose wine or Rusky Rose cocktails (include vodka, lemon juice, house Grenadine)
- Fun menu with locally sourced gastro-pub dishes
- Attentive staff quickly respond to refilling, ordering, and removing dishes
As with all new establishments, the back and front of the house are working on getting in-sync and smoothing out their chemistry. Remember to smile and be patient. On future visits, I definitely want to dig into their Honey Fried Chicken with a cayenne crust and honey glaze as well as their Mama’s Tamale Pie with guajillo and ancho chicken chili, toasted cumin, cheddar cheese & cornbread crust.
And don’t forget, if you’re celebrating their dessert features “Birthday Cake”! Imagine a wedge comprised of three thick layers of sheet cake stacked between generous smears of white icing topped with funfetti colored sprinkles on a BEAUTIFUL, cute cake platter. (I was too far away from the table that ordered the cake and when I’m eating out with my sister she prefers for me to have boundaries when I take pictures.)
You can also join them on their social media channels:
Hipster Bowling Alley
Opening in June 2015, a month before The General Public, is Bowl & Barrel. Although coined “boutique bowling” on the website, my sister and I have affectionately called it “hipster bowling”, the fun, chill vibe, pervasive throughout the lanes.
- Monday – Thursday | $12 Half Hour/Lane ($24/Hr)
- Friday – Sunday | $18 Half Hour/Lane ($36/Hr)
- $5 Shoe Rental Per Person
- Sun-Thurs | 11 AM – 12 AM
- Fri-Sat | 11 AM – 2 AM
As I was checking the place out with my sister I overheard a family with young kids pleasantly surprised to hear that bowling shoes are not only available for adults but also in toddler/kid sizes. There are 15 lanes and on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, only three of the lanes were being used.
You don’t have to be an experienced bowler to enjoy boutique bowling. You just have to like having fun. Bowl & Barrel is San Antonio’s first upscale bowling alley — and it’s the perfect destination for your next corporate event, birthday party, fundraiser or casual get-together. Whether you’re hitting the lanes with a few good friends, or looking for the perfect San Antonio event venue, you’ll love our fifteen world-class bowling lanes, full service modern American tavern, and one-of-a-kind beer hall.
Here’s a link to the food menu.