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CIA to Open New Restaurant Concept at Pearl; Both a Restaurant and Classroom

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 operations.

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 as students.

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.

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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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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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