SAN ANTONIO - A new restaurant could bring new energy into the Government Hill neighborhood on the city's Northeast side.
"I've lived here all my life. My parents had the first mom-and-pop grocery business in Government Hill," said Government Hill Alliance Neighborhood Association President Rose Hill.
It's no secret this part of town means a lot Rose Hill.
"Government Hill has been sort of kind of in left field for a while, but now I think it's our turn. I want to say it's our turn," Hill said.
She thinks that Chef Jeff White's vision for a historic house from the early 1900s could give the neighborhood it the kick-start it needs.
Transformation of the Eastside Kitchenette off I-35 is in full swing. For a long time White was the executive chef at the Boiler House at the Pearl; however, he says don't expect anything like that.
"Everything we're going to be doing is very Southern comfort home-style food. We've got meatloaf, fried chicken, chicken and waffles," White said.
White said what's really going to be unique is not only the food, but the affordability and the accessibility for everybody.
"Nobody has to go get a baby sitter or anything like that. You don't have to get dressed up and get fancy. Come on in at any time of the day with the kids, the dog. Just come on in," said White.
The restaurant is set to open in May or June - just in time for kids to hangout on a playscape and adults to kickback with dinner and a cold one.
White hopes it'll attract people during all parts of the day.
"This is our time for our community to come together with some great food, great people, and a great location, just two blocks from Walters and Fort. Sam. It's an ideal place," said Hill.
It's an ideal place with a community ready to embrace it.
White and his wife Jenn are residents of Dignowity Hill and co-own Tucker's Kozy Korner on the East Side.