Chef Johnny Hernandez Reveals Two New Restaurant Concepts

Natalia Prieto |

- Burgerteca Set to Open in November; Villa Rica in Early 2018 -

- Official Opening Dates to Follow - 

SAN ANTONIO, TX (October 2017) – Burgerteca and Villa Rica, two brand new restaurant concepts developed by locally renowned Chef Johnny Hernandez, are set to open their doors in San Antonio in November (Burgerteca) and early 2018 (Villa Rica). Inspired by cuisine rooting from iconic culinary regions throughout Mexico, Hernandez’s premier dining destinations share a kitchen but vary in concept. Burgerteca and Villa Rica will be located on the San Antonio Riverwalk’s Mission Reach, serving as casual neighborhood spots to find Mexican-inspired burgers and seafood bursting with bold flavors.

Influenced by Mexican cuisine, Burgerteca is a never-done before burger concept that offers custom-made burgers with ingredients and flavors distinct to traditional Mexican food such as chiles, spices, moles, queso, flavors like al pastor, pibil, and chilaquiles served on hamburger yeast buns which are baked daily. Drawing inspiration from extensive travel throughout various parts of Mexico, Hernandez’s burger menu is themed with flavors native to Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz, and Yucatan.  The menu includes items such as the ‘Oaxaqueña’, an Angus beef patty dressed with mole negro, black bean spread, pickled onions, avocado, and queso fresco, as well as the ‘Pacifica’ with seared tuna topped off with chipotle-lime mayo, cabbage slaw, sesame seeds, avocado, and tomato.

Burgerteca also includes its very own ice-cream shop on site as a stand-alone entity. Guests who prefer take-out can walk up to the counter and conveniently order treats to go without having to sit down. The frozen Mexican desserts on the menu include items such as paletas, fresh fruit popsicles; nieves, traditional Mexican ice cream; and raspas, shaved ice made with seasonal, from-scratch syrups. Other unique menu items include the house made signature ice cream nachos—Mexican buñuelos piled high with ice cream, fresh fruit syrups, and Oaxacan chocolate fudge.

Burgerteca includes a range of local craft beer and spirits, like a creative Mexican rum cocktail program.  Burgerteca’s décor is inspired by the imaginative and colorful work of Pedro Linares, who created the art known as “Alebrijes”, an art form famous in Oaxaca. The interior includes hand selected custom designed chairs, hand forged chandeliers, and large slabs of wood for communal dining. 

“We’re thrilled to introduce Burgerteca’s unique Mexican burger and ice cream concept to San Antonio and offer new ingredients gathered from these great culinary regions across Mexico; it’s a concept five years in the making,” said Chef Hernandez, owner of Burgerteca and Villa Rica. “Villa Rica marks another exciting addition of fresh interior Mexican seafood, which will arrive daily, along with plenty of specialty cocktails.”

Villa Rica features Mexican seafood, ceviche, and a mojito bar. A variety of fresh seafood is used to create coastal inspired tacos and tostadas, where they are prepared from non-GMO stone-ground corn. The menu touts a ‘Gulf Shrimp Aguachile’ with spicy Serrano peppers, lime and cilantro broth-marinated shrimp, cucumbers and red onion plus a ‘White Fish Ceviche Veracruzano’ featuring lime-marinated fish, tomato, onion, cilantro and chile Jalapeño. Villa Rica’s cocktail program is Latin-inspired and includes coastal inspired cocktails like mojitos and pisco sours and Mexican and South American wines. The décor of Villa Rica is inspired by the Mexican tiles made famous in Puebla and includes hand selected custom designed china, artisan blown glass and intricately woven chairs. The restaurant also features commissioned paper-mache art pieces surrounding the space. 

Burgerteca and Villa Rica will be located at 403 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204, directly on the Riverwalk Mission Reach, the eight-mile stretch that provides visitors with a historic view of San Antonio. Burgerteca and Villa Rica are situated close to walking and biking trails, each the perfect place to pop in after a run or outdoors activity.

Burgerteca hours of operations will be Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Villa Rica hours of operations will be Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Brunch at Villa Rica will also be available on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on Burgerteca and Villa Rica, please visit: www.chefjohnnyhernadez/ and www.chefjohnnyhernandez/



Chef Hernandez has received acclaim in publications such as Texas Monthly, Bon Appetit, Poder, Saveur, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Magazine, Garden and Gun, NBC Latino, Tasting Table, and Southern Living. He has been featured as a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and has appeared on the Cooking Channel’s Man Fire Food and Simply Ming, as well as Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Food Paradise. In 2016, Chef Hernandez showcased his culinary expertise and the flavors of Mexico at the White House as Guest Chef for former President Barack Obama.