San Antonio, TX – The Culinary Institute of America is opening a new restaurant at its campus at Pearl later this year. The yet-to-be-named
concept will be located in the former Sandbar location adjacent to the CIA
campus. It will replace the CIA’s current restaurant, Nao, and
become the new home of the CIA Bakery Café as well.
Unlike any other restaurant in the San Antonio area, both
the kitchen and dining room will double as classrooms. The restaurant’s
executive chef and maître d’ will also be CIA faculty members teaching the advanced
cooking and hospitality courses that are the capstone classes for CIA
sophomores completing their associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts.
The dinner menu, still being developed, will feature
ingredients from Texas farmers and ranchers. The restaurant’s unique design and
open kitchen will welcome guests to an exciting, casual, and fun dining experience.
There will be a full bar and curated wine and beer lists.
“Our students and faculty are hard at work developing the
concept and menus and we look forward to sharing them with San Antonio and the
Pearl community in the near future,” says Waldy Malouf, the CIA’s senior director of food and beverage
By dining at a CIA restaurant, guests will find themselves meeting
and interacting with future big-name chefs and food industry leaders. Top names
in San Antonio’s restaurant scene—like Johnny Hernandez, Steven McHugh, Michael Sohocki, and Andrew Weissman—all
cooked for and served the public at CIA restaurants during their time
Through the fall semester, the restaurant will be open for
dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Starting next January, the CIA Bakery Café pop-up will reopen inside the restaurant with
service during breakfast and lunch.
The Culinary Institute of America will be opening a new
restaurant this fall in the former Sandbar location at Pearl. The restaurant,
yet to be named, will also be classrooms for CIA students completing their
degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts. (Photo credit: The Culinary Institute of America)
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About The Culinary Institute of America:
Founded in 1946, The
Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college.
Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the
independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degrees in management,
culinary arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, and associate
degrees in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. The college also
offers executive education through its Food Business School along with
certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its
conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA
the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of nearly 50,000
alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has
locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.
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