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Vintage arcade, bars, restaurants to open by La Cantera

May 23, 2019

An Austin company is bringing its hybrid arcade-bar-grill concept to San Antonio’s Northwest Side.

KPG Hospitality plans to open a Kung Fu Saloon location, its seventh nationwide, at the northeast corner of Interstate 10 and North Loop 1604 West.

The 6,000-square-foot bar with an 1,100-square-foot patio will feature around 20 vintage arcade games, private rooms for karaoke and other entertainment, said KPG managing partner Chris Horne.

It’ll serve what Horne described as a mix of American grill and Asian fusion dishes. Menus at Kung Fu Saloon’s other bars include items such as cheeseburger egg rolls, Cap’n Crunch fried pickles and chicken lettuce wraps.

Just next door, KPG is building another, distinct, restaurant and beer garden called Camp 1604. The 3,500-square-foot space with an 8,500-square-foot patio will serve “camp-inspired fare,” Horne said. Patrons can sit at picnic tables outdoors, and Camp 1604 will also have an artisan sausage kitchen.

Both venues will serve beer and other beverages. The company expects to break ground in July and open the spots by late spring 2020.

The chain has locations in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and Nashville, according to its website. The corner in Northwest San Antonio is attractive because of its proximity to the University of Texas at San Antonio and shopping centers such as The Rim and The Shops at La Cantera, Horne said.

“It’s a destination for the city,” he said. “It’s a good mix of everything.”

Recently, Kung Fu Saloon locations in Dallas, Houston and Austin were accused of discriminating against guests based on their race, with the complaint alleging that employees denied African-American customers entry because of their attire, though white guests who were similarly dressed were allowed to go in. The complaint also alleged discrimination against Asian-American patrons, a news release indicated.

The Justice Department reached a settlement with the owners of Kung Fu Saloon in 2015 that mandated they change their dress code, the Dallas Morning News reported. Horne described it as “welcoming,” though employees will turn away patrons wearing items that promote discrimination or intolerance of any group based on race, religion or sexual orientation.

madison.iszler@express-news.net

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