New San Antonio H-E-B adding a drive-thru barbecue restaurant

 

It’s no secret Texans love their barbecue. It’s also a verifiable truth that H-E-B is one of the mot beloved grocery stores in the state, and maybe even America. Put the two together, and you’ve got a winning formula.

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That’s right, Texas. H-E-B is about to introduce drive-thru barbecue stands to certain stores starting in August, the San Antonio Express-News reports.  Customers will be able to enjoy meals from True Texas BBQ, the grocery chain’s barbecue brand. The restaurant will also serve breakfast tacos, because of course it will.

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“Even if families don’t need to necessarily do a full shop, the True Texas BBQ will be a spot where families can go and dine together and enjoy what is arguably some of the best barbecue in Texas,” H-E-B spokesperson Dya Campos told the Express-News Wednesday.

Sadly for Austinites, it looks like we’re still stuck waiting in line at Franklin. So far, the only store to feature the True Texas BBQ restaurant will be in San Antonio, as part of a new 118,000-square-foot H-E-B in the southwest corner of Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road.

This in’t the first time H-E-B has partnered with restaurants to enhance the grocery shopping experience. Hutto recently opened a 24-hour Whataburger drive-thru at one of its new H-E-B locations. And let’s not forget you can also get that fancy Whataburger ketchup and Taco Cabana sauce at H-E-B.

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When did Mötley Crüe become classic rock? Ask San Antonio

 

When did Mötley Crüe become classic rock? Sometime around the time when radio stations started using data to craft their playlists, according to a FiveThirtyEight post.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil perform onstage during Motley Crue: The Final Tour "All Good Things Must Come To An End" at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 12: Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil perform onstage during Motley Crue: The Final Tour “All Good Things Must Come To An End” at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

These days, Mötley Crüe, Led Zeppelin and Ozzy Osborne are considered classic rock. But they weren’t always. And, as any Gen Xer (or Millennial) who’s heard Pearl Jam or Green Day on their local classic rock station can tell you, there comes a time when they ask, “When did ‘Longview’ become ‘classic?'”

According to FiveThirtyEight, radio stations these days use a lot of data mining to figure out what their listeners like, and then they cater to that when they make playlists.

“The standard in the industry these days is an online music test or an auditorium music test where you just gather a sample and have them rate songs based on the hooks — the most familiar parts of the song — and you just get back a whole slew of data,” Clear Channel classic rock brand manager Eric Wellman said in the blog post. He added that the year a song was released has nothing to do with it becoming a “classic rock” song. Instead, the classic rock genre’s ability to grow based on listener reviews and data is what makes the genre last so long.

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As a result, companies like Clear Channel ask fans of classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin what else they listen to, add songs to the playlist based off of that, and then cater to different geographic regions based on taste. For instance, in FiveThirtyEight’s data set, Bad Company and Heart songs are played more in San Antonio and Houston, respectively, than anywhere else in the country.

Mötley Crüe is also played 4.3 times as much in San Antonio compared to average.

Screenshot from FiveThirtyEight.
Screenshot from FiveThirtyEight.

Other areas in the South tend to listen to “harder” classic rock, like Metallica and KISS. This, Wellman told FiveThirtyEight, is because of immigration.

“The Hispanic influx across the southern United States vastly changes the rock landscape,” he told FiveThirtyEight. “The common conventional wisdom is that Hispanics who listen to English-language rock like a significantly harder brand of English-language rock. In markets where that is an influence, you’ll see that.”

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As Gen Xers and Baby Boomers grow older and Millennials begin to take up more of the advertising market share, however, the classic rock genre might skew younger based on what younger listeners add. So, we’re probably going to start hearing a lot more Green Day, My Chemical Romance, blink-182, The Strokes and other 1990s-2000s rock bands hit their “classic” phase soon.

Check out the full article and all of its methodology here.

Watch: H-E-B releases 2016 commercials starring San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green star in a newly-released commercial for H-E-B. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green star in a newly-released commercial for H-E-B. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Name a more iconic duo than H-E-B and the San Antonio Spurs. I’ll wait.

The Texas grocery store chain rolled out its annual dose of commercials featuring players during the team’s game against the Sacramento Kings (which they won).

It’s pretty clear to see the common theme of the ads. With a depth chart of players from Argentina, Spain, France, Latvia and Australia, the Spurs brought their international appeal to the small screen.

In the “Farmers Market” spot, new guy on the team Pau Gasol hawks Taylor golden pears from Spain, while Kawhi Leonard explains what the California plumcot is. Point guard Tony Parker even speaks French while describing strawberry shortcake, a staple at the Poteet Strawberry Festival.

Aussie Patty Mills makes an appearance in the “Origami” clip, in which Parker walks in on the team surrounded by folded paper art. The ad promotes H-E-B’s line of stir-fry kits, but it’s Mills crocodile (not a alligator) that steals the show. Steve Irwin would be proud.

The title of the third ad, “Fluent” speaks for itself. Danny Green and Mills walk up to Manu Ginobili and Gasol grilling an obnoxious amount of meat. When asked what they’re cooking, the grillmasters respond in Spanish, explaining that they’ve got fajitas (among other things) and it’s all delicious. Mills reminds the pair that they don’t speak Spanish, but after he and Green try some fresh-off-the-grill meat, we get to hear what an Australian speaking Spanish sounds like. Green also does his best to describe the rich flavor of the meat in Spanish.

According to a Facebook comment by H-E-B on its official page, more commercials are dropping on Saturday, when the Spurs play their first home court regular season game of the NBA season. Until then, check out the teasers for the remaining commercials, including the highly-anticipated appearance of recently-retired Tim Duncan alongside other Spurs alumni.

What people are saying about Tim Duncan’s retirement from the San Antonio Spurs

FILE - In this June 15, 2014, file photo, San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) celebrates after Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in San Antonio. Duncan announced his retirement on Monday, July 11, 2016, after 19 seasons, five championships, two MVP awards and 15 All-Star appearances. It marks the end of an era for the Spurs and the NBA. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) celebrates after Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in San Antonio on June 15, 2014. Duncan announced his retirement on Monday, July 11, 2016, after 19 seasons, five championships, two MVP awards and 15 All-Star appearances. It marks the end of an era for the Spurs and the NBA. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The day finally came. The Big Fundamental is retiring.

After 19 seasons spent with the same team in the league, Tim Duncan has said goodbye to the San Antonio Spurs. The announcement about the five-time champion’s retirement was delivered in the most Duncan-esque way. No press conference, year-long farewell tour, articles or a letter on a sports website, but rather a simple press release and video from the Spurs organization.

The tributes quickly poured in on Twitter with news outlets sharing highlights from his career.

Other NBA figures and teams tweeted photos and thanks to undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever play.

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A few tweets poked fun at Duncan’s history of being the NBA’s favorite dorky dad and geek.

https://twitter.com/iamHectorDiaz/status/752510524508631040

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While he took the game very seriously, Duncan and his teammates were known for goofing around, as seen in some clips making the rounds.

And of course, there were lots of jokes.

With nearly two decades of a NBA career under his belt, many Spurs fans took the news quite hard.

https://twitter.com/jon123spurs/status/752514768511000576

https://twitter.com/Spurnandez210/status/752512521752354817

If you’re a Spurs fan, you’ll want to grab a tissue for this sweet video. Thanks for the memories Timmy.

 

Taylor Swift visited San Antonio on Saturday; no word on possible taco consumption

That sound you hear? Teardrops on our guitars, because Taylor Swift didn’t drive far enough up the highway to say hello during a weekend trip to Texas.

Singer Taylor Swift attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Singer Taylor Swift attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the pop megastar visited San Antonio this weekend to attend the wedding of a friend. According to the report, a photographer hired to shoot the wedding caught Swift in celebratory action.

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The singer, currently serving up a bleach-blonde bob, might have been in town for the wedding of backup singer Eliotte Nicole Woodford, according to the Daily Mail.

We have to admit that we’re disappointed that Austin did not score a visit from Swift while she was in the area. We’d also be lying if we said we weren’t chafed that the Alamo City got the coveted Taytay bump. Our cross-city, taco-inspired sibling rivalry needs no further fuel.

(Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman)
(Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman)

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Luckily, the “Wildest Dreams” singer is slated to play this year’s Formula One Grand Prix here in good ol’ ATX. Incidentally, go Spurs.