Pinch Boil House and Bia Bar, expected to open sometime in July at 124 N. Main Ave., is bringing a Southeast Asian-inspired eatery to downtown.

Owners Andrew Ho and Sean Wen met during their undergraduate years at the University of Texas at Austin. Occasionally, they held crawfish boils for friends.

What started out as a small feast and get-together soon turned into a community gathering in San Antonio, eventually leading to the development of a full menu and a pop-up enterprise.

The brick-and-mortar North Main location is the next step for the culinary-business partners. It’s located close to downtown landmarks.

“The whole point of this thing is to proliferate our Asian-American culture, what we grew up eating, what we enjoy, while also creating and cultivating this idea of community,” Wen said.

Their first pop-up was last spring at Dorćol Distillery, with 40 more around the city since then.

The restaurant menu features seafood, street food and bia —Vietnamese for beer.

Diners can enjoy a banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich made with a French baguette stuffed with meat, pickled vegetables and mayo; Thai-inspired wings; signature Pinch fries and twice-fried fries topped with garlic butter, mayo, crab meat, sriracha sauce and green onions.

The duo, originally from Houston, said they appreciate all the support they have received from Alamo City patrons.

“The community we’ve been a part of has really embraced what we’ve done,” Wen said. “It’s incredible to give back to them and have a restaurant.”

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Catering options are available.

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