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Brews and chancla throwing at Brooster’s

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Norman Velez, a South Side resident who ran North Side lounges for years, has debuted Brooster’s Backyard Ice House on his home turf. He says the family-friendly place has plenty to offer patrons. File photos

A veteran manager of country-western nightclubs has launched a family-friendly beer garden offering brews, turtle races and even chancla-throwing contests.

Brooster’s Backyard Ice House, a 6,000-square-foot open-air venue, debuted in November at 815 Pleasanton Road.

Norman Velez, a McCollum High School graduate who managed North Side cowboy-themed bars for many years, thought it was time to return to his roots.

“I’ve always lived on the South Side. I saw this as my opportunity to open a place of my own on my side of town,” Velez said. “I like to say that the South Side is the heart of San Antonio.”

Brooster’s is for adults and children alike, he added.

“I want … Brooster’s to be a family place with fun for all; kid- and pet-friendly,” he said. “I want it to reflect some of the laid-back, fun aspect of the local culture, so on top of all the bar-friendly food and the wide variety of beers … I want to offer a family night, Lotería night, yoga classes as well as chancla-throwing contests, turtle races (and more).”

In addition to the outdoor area, the space offers an additional 3,500 square feet inside.

“We plan on having over 50 different types of beer, including a nice selection of craft beers, some wine and of course, mangonadas and rusas — but no glass containers,” Velez said.

Hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to midnight Sunday, and 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday.

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