By Margaret Pahl
Many of you have noticed the re-purposed mechanic’s shop that usually seems closed. I have often wondered “what’s up with that?” The spot has great bones which means I love the building and love fantasizing about what it could be with some reinvestment. It looks like a great dining/drinking patio experience just waiting to unfold. Well as I was getting my hair trimmed at Profiles I saw some people gathering over there and went over to investigate.
I met Pancho. Frank Pancho Jimenez, the sign guy. His 40 year career was spent selling signs for Southwest Neon Signs and lots of them. He has quite the collection of wooden plaques welcoming him to the two million dollar club of fantastic sales people. He had the HEB account, the Hollywood Video account and Southwest Signs was cranking out tons of signs. He still sells new and used signs from this location but on a much smaller scale, much smaller.
I guess as he got toward retirement age, he wanted a change and found this spot and tried to open up a beer and wine bar. A 2008 public notice sign from the Texas Alcohol & Beverage Control (TABC) is still behind his desk. He remembers the BHANA was opposed to the plan and it never got off the ground. His eyes glowed as he explained his dreams of the windows and the patio cover and the wrought iron fencing he would have installed.
Super Bean’s-where friends meet.Super Beans has a strong connection to Pancho’s heart; it was the name of his classic 1938 Ford deuce coupe. Back in the day, he was the street-racing king of San Antonio and his car was regularly displayed at antique and classic car shows. A magazine article and photos of the green Super Bean is framed and hanging in his office. History always plays a role in a business plan as a dreamer pulls together funding and visions to risk everything; just ask any business owner. They want to make money-sure- but by making something people value. The end of this story has not yet been written, Pancho. Maybe soon.