New Downtown Bar, Restaurant, Double Standard by Team Barbaro Opens in San Antonio’s Rand Building

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Dual Standard, an American-style tavern where “doubles are the norm,” opened this week at the Rand Building in downtown San Antonio. He’s taking over Rosella’s former home at The Rand, which closed during the height of the pandemic.

San Antonio restaurateur Chad Carey’s new Empty Stomach Group restaurant and bar is set up like the conference room of a hunting lodge with sturdy communal tables flanking a marble bar that runs the length of the room.

Double Standard offers an irresistible mix of craft cocktails, $6 drinks, and shot-and-a-beer combinations from the bar. The kitchen offers burgers, steak fries, roast chicken, fresh oysters, shrimp cocktails, and bar bites like canned preserves and scotch eggs.

Double Standard joins a stable of Empty Stomach restaurants in San Antonio that includes Barbaro, Hot Joy, Extra Fine and wine bar Little Death.

Rosella at The Rand opened in 2017, the kind of posh downtown cafe, cafe and bar that “Sex and the City” popularized at the turn of the millennium, according to Express-News food critic Mike Sutter in his criticism. The original Rosella Coffee Co. opened on East Jones Avenue in 2014. It has also closed and opened several times during the pandemic and remains closed.

Double Standard, 114 E. Houston St. in the Rand Building, 210-977-0005, doublestandardsatx.com. Hours: noon to midnight Monday to Saturday

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