San Antonio: Nicha’s Proposes New Restaurant by Mission San Jose
Feature Illustration (above): Concept for the new Nicha’s, looking southwest from the Roosevelt Avenue/Bonner Avenue intersection. Courtesy: GRG Architecture.
By Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — Nicha’s Comida Mexicana, a 43-year-old local family business, is asking conceptual approval this week for architectural designs on a restaurant near the historic Mission San Jose.
Nicha’s has three locations around the city, with the original restaurant being just four blocks north of the proposed project site. However, the original restaurant lacks sufficient parking. The new site is much larger at more than 2.65 acres.
The proposed new construction will feature both interior and exterior dining space, and surface parking for approximately 200 vehicles.
The new construction features elements that are consistent with those found historically in the immediate vicinity, such as stone archways, and other façade openings that refer to those found historically at the adjacent Mission San Jose.
The project site, 3331 Roosevelt Ave., is at the southwest corner of Roosevelt and East Bonner Avenue. It is owned by Arthur Garcia and R&A Garcia Properties of Lufkin LLC. There is a vacant gasoline station and next to it a four-bay garage that was once Lufkin Trailers–a sales, parts and service operation for trailers.
The 952-square-foot convenience store was built in 1970. The 6,000-square-foot garage was built in 1957. The buildings will have to be demolished as part of the pre-construction site work.
Based on prior surveys, the Office of Historic Preservation concluded the existing buildings are non-contributing and eligible for demolition.
Three curb cuts have been requested– two on Roosevelt and one on Bonner. The driveway widths are not to exceed 24 feet. OHP staff recommends larger landscape buffers adjacent to the streets than what was proposed.
The project architect is Xavier Gonzalez of GRG Architecture.
The Historic and Design Review Commission will vote on their request at the Wednesday, Jan. 15, hearing.
Site plan for the new Nicha’s. Courtesy: GRG Architecture.
Concept perspective of the main entry. Courtesy: GRG Architecture.
Birds-eye view of the proposed Nicha’s, looking southeast. Courtesy: GRG Architecture.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.