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New Kids on the Block: San Antonio Restaurant Openings and Closings in 2017 

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The biggest food news in February came out of John Besh’s Lüke San Antonio which closed its doors at the end of the month after six years inside its Embassy Suites location.

In barbecue news, Burnt Ends vacated its Blanco Road location at the end of January. The eatery announced its move earlier this week on Facebook. No word yet on where the barbecue joint will open up shop next.


Nectar Wine Bar & Ale House, which opened in 2015, closed at the end of April. Opened by Rachel and Rob Stephens, Nectar suffered from slow business and called it quits.

Saigon Express, a longtime pho staple for the Midtown, closed its doors on April 7 after 14 years of business. The shop’s owner declined to comment on reasons why.


Alchemy Kombucha and Culture, at 1123 S. Flores St., known for offering Element Kombucha (San Antonio’s first take on fermented tea) and a veggie-driven menu, closed its dining operations as of June 11. The facility now focuses on producing Element Kombucha along with the occasional event and festival.

Stay Golden Social House, the first patio cocktail bar concept by The Boulevardier Group closed on June 16 after a series of nightly parties. The existing building will be turned into a 10-story office building. 401 Pearl Pkwy.

Timbo’s Burgers, closed its doors on June 17 after 10 years in business at their former location. The restaurant lost its lease in May and was given a 90-day notice. 1639 Broadway.

Bistro Vatel, one of the last remaining French restaurants in the city, closed its doors off Olmos Drive over Father’s Day weekend. Hope isn’t lost — chef Damian Watel and his staff are cooking lunch at Bite, the restaurant owned by wife and fellow chef Lisa Astorga-Watel. Find them at 1012 S. Presa St., (210) 532-2551.

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