Happenings in ’09

by | October 1, 2019 | Happenings in '09

kiddie park logoKiddie Park Re-Opens October 18, at San Antonio Zoo

It’s been a favorite of San Antonians and their children since 1925. But lack of parking and urban development forced the iconic Kiddie Park to abandon its location at Broadway & Mulberry.

Now, the park is set to officially re-open on October 18 at the San Antonio Zoo, just below the main entrance to the park.

In a news release the zoo announced, “Earlier this year, San Antonio Zoo announced the plan to save America’s oldest children’s amusement park from closure. Parking at and around the zoo is doubling this fall with the addition of a new parking garage and will significantly increase the ability for visitors to access all the amenities in the area.

“We are working diligently to ensure that the children’s amusement park feels as much like it did at its Broadway location and that it will more than meet the expectations of past, present and future Kiddie Park visitors,” said Tim Morrow, President & CEO of San Antonio Zoo “Funds generated from the operation of Kiddie Park will go to support the San Antonio Zoo’s mission.”

Construction for New Kiddie Park

Construction for New Kiddie Park

RD Speakeasy Opens at The Barn Door Restaurant

Patrons and others who have been curious about the planned Speakeasy coming to The Barn Door Restaurant at 8400 N. New Braunfels, need wait no longer. The “RD Speakeasy” will be open by October 1, 2019.

Patrons must have reservations in order to enter the bar. Once made a text message will give customers a special code to access the Speakeasy’s hidden door. The intimate setting will hold fewer than 30 patrons. The Speakeasy will feature hand-crafted cocktails prepared by a specially trained mixologist. The furniture looks as if it was made in the late 1920s and early 1930s, in keeping with the atmosphere of the times.

The wooden bar came from the old Pick-Carter Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Reportedly, notables like Babe Ruth and several other internationally known celebrities were served at that bar. As Barn Door owner Randy Stokes told me, “If only the bar could talk, imagine the stories it could tell.”

The new Speakeasy has been Stokes’ long-time dream. He and his wife, Darcie, designed the room. Randy and his daughter, Randi Eileen, spent most of the summer building out the space for the Speakeasy.

One final note: If you visit RD Speakeasy, try to find the door to the restroom.

More Multi-Family Housing Slated for Everest near W. Lawndale

Realtor and Developer Jay Parker told 78209 Magazine he foresees multi-family and/or townhouses going onto several lots he has listed on Everest, between Sunset and W. Lawndale.

Beginning with 601 Everest, at the center of the block, Parker has listed and has agreements to list approximately 6-acres. The lots are currently zoned residential, but he says they can easily be rezoned to permit multi-family units or commercial development.

Parker also briefly mentioned a project he’s planning along Sandalwood Lane. Details to follow soon.

Over the past year, the character of Sandalwood has changed dramatically, from single-family cottages to multiple homes and townhouses sprouting up along the entire length of the street, from Teak Lane, adjacent to The Home Depot, to Everest Street.

601 Everest

601 Everest

1006 Chulie Drive, Zoning Change Approved, Will Allow Multiple Homes on the Site

San Antonio City Council recently overturned a zoning commission decision that had opposed a requested zoning change to permit construction of 8 to 10 homes, on less than an acre of land at 1006 Chulie Drive at Erol, across from At Home Store.

Zoning Commission staff told 78209 Magazine, they felt the property was too small to support up to 10 single-family homes. The project mirrors multiple homes being built on lots on the other side of Highway 281, near the Home Depot Store.

Chulie drive

Chulie Drive



By Ron Aaron Eisenberg

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