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Southside Local Lowdown/September-October

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GUS’S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN, 812 S. Alamo St., offers fried chicken, baked beans, fried okra, macaroni and cheese and seasoned fries. Fried green tomatoes and fried pickle spears also are available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more, call 210-463-4038 or visit https://gusfriedchicken.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/GusFCSanAntonio.

ROOTS SALAD KITCHEN, 403 Blue Star, Suite 106 (The Flats at Big Tex), is a gourmet salad bar that promotes a healthy lifestyle by offering a variety of produce, proteins and toppings. Current hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11.a.m to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Owners plan to expand hours of operation to include breakfast, and to offer meal preparation and delivery service for Flats at Big Tex residents. For more, visit http://www.RootsSaladKitchen.com or call 210-701-8064. 

MIXTLI, 812 S. Alamo St., Suite 103, has a rotating quarterly menu that explores cuisines from different parts of Mexico. Mixtli is featuring the Oaxaca menu through Sept. 18. Having previously opened in Olmos Park, Mixtli’s new Southtown space features a larger dining room, an open kitchen concept and a new bar. Seating tickets open one month in advance. “We are very excited to call Southtown our home,” said chef/ co-owner Diego Galicia. “The area is a legendary hotspot for restaurants, and we are so lucky to be able to be right in the middle of it. The residents have been incredibly warm and welcoming. We cannot wait to welcome every one of our guests back.” For more, visit http://restaurantmixtli.com .

IN OTHER NEWS 

UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE AT BROOKS dedicated its first mobile clinic. With support from the Moody Foundation, UIWSOM has launched the 29-foot Sam Wages Mobile Osteopathic Medicine unit that allows medical students and faculty to provide community members with osteopathic primary care, immunizations, health screenings and more. The late Sam Wages oversaw UIW’s transportation division. “Osteopathic medical students, and other health professional students, will now be able to take the classroom to the community,” said Dr. Hans Bruntmyer, associate professor. “This unique opportunity will help cultivate, not only empathetic and compassionate providers, but also cohesive interprofessional health teams.” 

DEAD TREE BOOKS CLOSED ITS DOORS AT 5645 S. FLORES ST., SUITE 105, ON JULY 31, ending five years of offering used, bargain books at what had been the South Side’s lone bookstore. Owners Kenny and Lisa Johnson used social media to promote their efforts to downsize and relocate to a smaller storefront. But by month’s end, the Johnsons said they had been unsuccessful at securing a new home. “We must become smaller in order to grow. We must change in order to provide the service and the love that we have shared with you for the past five years,” the Johnsons posted on Dead Tree’s Facebook page. Much of the merchandise is now in storage, and the Johnsons said they hope to still relocate, preferably elsewhere on the South Side. 

PHILANTHROPIC NONPROFIT KYM’S ANGELS IN AUGUST DONATED $510,000 TO THE SOUTHSIDE EDUCATION FOUNDATION — the largest single donation ever made to benefit Southside Independent School District students, officials said. 

LEO PACHECO IS RESIGNING AS DISTRICT 118 STATE REPRESENTATIVE in order to teach public administration at San Antonio College. The San Antonio Democrat was midway through his second term representing a legislative district that covers southern and eastern Bexar County. A special election will be called to fill the rest of Pacheco’s term. 

THE SOUTH SIDE’S NEWEST LITTLE FREE LIBRARY can be found at Mission County Park, 6030 Padre Drive, where visitors may take a book or leave a book. The San Antonio River Foundation, and the South Side chapter of the Scooby Van of San Antonio supported installation of this Little Free Library. 

CONSTRUCTION CREWS WORKING ON THE SOUTHCROSS BOULEVARD IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT most recently began replacing sidewalks and curbs at Southcross and Roosevelt Avenue with new ones. They also installed new driveway approaches. 

HARLANDALE EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S EMPLOYEE FUND DRIVE ENDED THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR BY RAISING MORE THAN $75,000, the most money that Harlandale Independent School District employees have raised during their annual two-week fund drive. The money benefits HISD students starting college. 

DISTRICT 3 CITY COUNCILWOMAN PHYLLIS VIAGRAN AND HER COUNCIL STAFF PARTNERED WITH THE SOUTHSIDE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR A DRIVE-THRU BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH ON AUG. 5 at Southside High School. Superheroes greeted students along the drive-thru route, and the San Antonio Fire Department created a water-arch at the entrance. SISD students received backpacks, school supplies, hot dogs, T-shirts and snow cones at the event. In addition, the University of the Incarnate Word provided COVID-19 vaccines to people ages 12 and older. Those who got vaccinated also received an admission ticket to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. 

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