23 San Antonio-area bars and restaurants that closed in 2023 that we’ll miss
It’s to be expected that we’ll see a wave of restaurant closures each year — it’s the nature of the industry, after all — but 2023 hit San Antonio’s food scene particularly hard.
This year, we said goodbye to a variety of bars and restaurants beloved by the community, from historic, long-standing eateries such as the Pig Stand to nationally lauded Carnitas Lonja.
As the year comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at the places San Antonio foodies lost that we know they’re going to miss.
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1103 Roosevelt Ave.
Carnitas Lonja had a tumultuous 2023 that ultimately ended with the spot’s closure. In June, owner Alex Paredes announced that the spot would take a “short break,” and also vacate its original location, which was taken over by Lovers Pizza. In August, Lonja Food Hall debuted in the space next door, but by December Paredes announced the closure of Carnitas Lonja and Fish Lonja, with the final day of service slated for Dec. 31.
After 101 years of service, the iconic downtown-area diner Pig Stand announced the sale of its Broadway building to a land developer in February and confirmed its permanent closure in March. San Antonio’s Pig Stand was the last in a nationwide chain, which flourished in the mid-20th century.
Twin Sisters Bakery & Cafe
6322 N. New Braunfels Ave.
After 43 years serving breakfast and lunch in Alamo Heights, Twin Sisters closed its doors in June. The eatery was known for its signature sweet potato muffins and Caesar salads.
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Due to a 40% rise in operating costs over the past year, longtime Broadway eatery Beto’s Alt-Mex closed in March after 25 years. The owners indicated they hope to maintain the brand by creating a cookbook and potentially collaborating with stores like H-E-B on pre-packaged meals.
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Martha’s Mexican Restaurant and Grill
5822 Babcock Road
Martha’s Mexican Restaurant and Grill, a longtime hidden gem for margaritas and Tex-Mex, announced its closure in April. According to the owners, this decision was due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of the economy.
Courtesy Photo / Sangria on the Burg
Sangria on the Burg
5115 Fredericksburg Road
In early December, local chef Ceasar Zepeda revealed that his beloved brunch spot Sangria on the Burg would close Dec. 31. He cited “rising costs and declining sales” as the reason for the decision to shutter the Medical Center-area restaurant.
Courtesy Photo / Luna Music Bar & Lounge
Luna Music Bar & Lounge
6740 San Pedro Ave.
San Pedro music venue Luna changed hands in late November, after 20 years in operation. Luna owner Marcos Treviño announced the sale on social media, stating that he wants to spend more time with family and “would like to go out on top and on our terms.” At the time, he did not name the buyers, but wished them well "in whatever direction they decide to take the venue."
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Windmill Ice House
Offering traditional Texan styles of barbecue, Windmill Ice House served an expansive and customizable array of options. The restaurant closed its doors in July, and a new location of Biff Buzby’s Burgers is slated to open in the space.
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Little Gretel Restaurant
518 River Road, Boerne
Little Gretel, a Boerne restaurant alongside Cibolo Creek which specialized in Czech-German-Eastern European fare, announced its closure in April due to the retirement of chef-owners Denise and Jimmy Mazal. Its menu included items such as schnitzel, sauerbraten and wild boar sausages.
2806 N. St. Mary's St.
St. Mary’s Strip staple The Squeezebox shuttered this summer, citing losses from lengthy road construction in the area as “the final death blow” to the bar.