The former Casbeers Cafe & Cantina on Blanco is about to get a serious makeover.
Veteran restaurateur Jean-Francois Poujol has taken over the space at 1719 Blanco Road in San Antonio’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Casbeers was a popular music venue in addition to bar and restaurant for years. It moved to 1150 S. Alamo St. and rebranded itself as Casbeers at the Church in 2008 before closing altogether in 2011.
After giving the property a thorough makeover, Poujol plans to open the European bistro-inspired SoHill Cafe this September. Poujol, who lives nearby, said he wanted to give his neighbors a polished hangout.
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“The neighborhood is in need of something fresh with a little cafe style,” Poujol said. “We want to be a part of the community.”
Poujol has owned several eateries over the past decade, including Soleil Bistro & Wine Bar, Tost BistroBar and Le Midi. He sold his last remaining property, Tribeca 212, last year.
Longtime Poujol fans will see some flourishes of his past projects in the form of fresh pastas and wood-fired pizzas on the menu, but SoHill is conceived as a new concept with a breezy French bistro feel, he said. SoHill will have permits to serve beer and wine, but not mixed drinks.
The website isn’t active yet, but Poujol said details will soon be posted at sohillcafe.com and Facebook: SoHill Cafe.
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