Folklores Coffee House sets grand opening bash on South Side

October 1, 2018

Looking around the city’s South Side, Joel “Tatu” Herrera felt like something was missing: an old-school coffee house.

“Not a coffee shop, like a Starbucks,” said the veteran chef and caterer behind Tatu’s Food Debauchery. “A real coffee house. A place to chill, do homework, hang out.”

So he and his wife, Emilie Herrera, decided to fill that need with Folklores Coffee House, a low-slung building at 5007 S. Flores St. south of Division Avenue. It has plum-colored trim, deep blue exterior walls and a dark-haired femme fatale painted by San Antonio muralist Mike Comm Arguello.

The shop will launch with a grand opening party from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Co-hosted by Lady Grace CBD Distributor, which shares the building with Folklores, the party costs $30 a person, with food, drinks, a DJ and samples of Lady Grace products made with the non-intoxicating hemp derivative cannabidiol, or CBD. See the Facebook event page here for details.

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After that, Folklores’ regular hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, closed on Thursday. The menu will include the usual range of coffee drinks, Tatu Herrera said, with room for creative variations like horchata coffee, buñuelo coffee and something called the Cookie Monster with, well, cookies.

“I’m so used to doing that kind of thing with food. I’m super-excited to do it with drinks,” said the chef, who last year entered his Dragon Burger on a rainbow pretzel bun in the James Beard Blended Burger project.

Food at Folklores won’t be quite so elaborate, with a modest menu of bagels and baked goods from local vendors, plus parfaits, a cereal bar and fried bologna panini. Beer and wine are part of the plan in the coming months, he said.

The decor at Folklores will reflect the Herreras’ love for tattoos, punk and ska music and ’80s pop culture, with room for 35 to 40 people inside and a patio on the way, he said.

Folklores is at 5007 S. Flores St., 210-455-7829, Facebook: @southsidecoffeehouse

Mike Sutter is a food and drink reporter and restaurant critic. Read more of his stories on mysanantonio.com and ExpressNews.com, our subscriber site. | msutter@express-news.net | Twitter: @fedmanwalking | Instagram: @fedmanwalking

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