Small East Side chili shop temporarily closed
A small chili operation on the East Side has been temporarily shuttered by the city of San Antonio due to operating permit issues.
JD’s Chili Parlor, located at 503 Chestnut St. outside the LocalSprout Food Hub, posted on social media Sunday that it will be closed until further notice. Parlor spokesperson Kimberly Suta said that the issue surrounds retail sales at LocalSprout Food Hub, a facility that mostly operates at a wholesale and light manufacturing level.
Mitch Hagney, chief operator of LocalSprout, said the the property is correctly zoned for retail sales, and the problem can be rectified with a simple building designation change. He has already submitted the paperwork with city officials, and expects a quick turnaround.
“JD’s is a caterer/manufacturer that was basically operating a lemonade stand,” Hagney said. “We didn’t see how it would be an issue, but apparently it was.”
Parlor owners John and Diana Anderson launched the outdoor chili operation in August, serving up breakfast and lunch items that include Frito pies, an assortment of mac and cheese, hash brown bowls topped with tequila chili sausage gravy, a rotating lineup of chili and freshly smoked brisket.
The Parlor will continue all other forms of business, including catering, special events and weekend farmers markets.
JD’s Chili Parlor, 503 Chestnut St., 210-573-1092. Facebook: JdsChiliParlor.
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