December 30, 2017

21 San Antonio Bars and Restaurants We’ll Miss in 2018

San Antonio might have seen more than 100 restaurant, coffeeshop, bakery, tea shop, and food truck openings this year, but we also said goodbye to quite a few spots we’re going to miss. Join us in pouring a 40 for these homies.
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Crossroads Kitchen
The iconic late-night food spot on the St. Mary’s Strip closed on July 31 after three and a half years.
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Crossroads Kitchen
The iconic late-night food spot on the St. Mary’s Strip closed on July 31 after three and a half years.
Lüke
The closing of celebrity chef John Besh’s Lüke made headlines, though it wasn’t the biggest surprise. The restaurant that helped change San Antonio's culinary scene had weakened in recent years, with a somewhat brutal review from the San Antonio Express-News in October 2016 signaled the beginning of the end. Lüke officially closed its doors on February 28.
Photo via Facebook / Lüke San Antonio
Lüke
The closing of celebrity chef John Besh’s Lüke made headlines, though it wasn’t the biggest surprise. The restaurant that helped change San Antonio's culinary scene had weakened in recent years, with a somewhat brutal review from the San Antonio Express-News in October 2016 signaled the beginning of the end. Lüke officially closed its doors on February 28.
Photo via Facebook / Lüke San Antonio
Timbo’s Burgers
Timbo’s closed in mid-June after 10 years at its Broadway location. Owners lost the lease in May and were given a 90-day notice. Earl Abel’s has since relocated and set up shop in the former burger joint.
Photo via  Instagram / jesselizarraras
Timbo’s Burgers
Timbo’s closed in mid-June after 10 years at its Broadway location. Owners lost the lease in May and were given a 90-day notice. Earl Abel’s has since relocated and set up shop in the former burger joint.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras
Nectar Wine Bar & Ale House
Though it just opened in 2015, the alcohol-infused house closed at the end of April. Owners Rachel and Rob Stephens cited slow business and decided to call it quits.
Photo via Instagram / nectarwinebar
Nectar Wine Bar & Ale House
Though it just opened in 2015, the alcohol-infused house closed at the end of April. Owners Rachel and Rob Stephens cited slow business and decided to call it quits.
Photo via Instagram / nectarwinebar
Bistro Vatel
San Antonians have one less French dining spot with the closing of Bistro Vatel during Father’s Day weekend. Chef Damian Watel and staff are now working out of Bite, owned by wife and fellow chef Lisa Astorga-Watel.
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Bistro Vatel
San Antonians have one less French dining spot with the closing of Bistro Vatel during Father’s Day weekend. Chef Damian Watel and staff are now working out of Bite, owned by wife and fellow chef Lisa Astorga-Watel.
The Fridge
The Fridge decided to call it quits at the end of July. RIP The Hottie – a Hot Cheetos-crusted sandwich that was made with the munchies in mind.
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The Fridge
The Fridge decided to call it quits at the end of July. RIP The Hottie – a Hot Cheetos-crusted sandwich that was made with the munchies in mind.
Press Coffee
Husband and wife team Bronson Holbrook and Natalie Nazarewicz were forced out of the French Place space following “an exorbitant rent increase." There are plans to go mobile or set up a new location, though nothing is presently set in stone.
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Press Coffee
Husband and wife team Bronson Holbrook and Natalie Nazarewicz were forced out of the French Place space following “an exorbitant rent increase." There are plans to go mobile or set up a new location, though nothing is presently set in stone.
The Original Hot Dog House
The hot dog house, located on Bitters Road, closed on August 27. Owners shared with the Current that they’re now focusing on sister location Pugels.
Photo via Instagram / kristlelauren
The Original Hot Dog House
The hot dog house, located on Bitters Road, closed on August 27. Owners shared with the Current that they’re now focusing on sister location Pugels.
Photo via Instagram / kristlelauren
Cha-Cha’s Mexican Restaurant
The Mexican joint, located off of Bandera Road, closed in August after 32+ years in the business.
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Cha-Cha’s Mexican Restaurant
The Mexican joint, located off of Bandera Road, closed in August after 32+ years in the business.
El Machito
Prized chef Johnny Hernandez chose to close the prized spot on November 12 with plans to relocate at Brooks on the Southside, as well as a fourth La Gloria.
Photo via  Instagram / elmachitosa
El Machito
Prized chef Johnny Hernandez chose to close the prized spot on November 12 with plans to relocate at Brooks on the Southside, as well as a fourth La Gloria.
Photo via Instagram / elmachitosa