San Antonio-area bars and restaurants that we said goodbye to in 2022

Though it looks like San Antonio's restaurant scene is finally recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, it's the nature of the foodservice business that we see businesses close annually as new ones open.

As we look to the new year, we tallied up some of the San Antonio eateries that shut their doors in 2022 or are expected to soon. They'll be sorely missed. While some of these departures are related to the pandemic or the uncertain economy, lease adjustments and other factors played roles as well.
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Mr. and Mrs. G’s Home Cooking
2222 S. W.W. White Rd.
William Garner and his wife Addie opened this spot in 1991, focusing on family recipes and old-fashioned hospitality. It quickly became a staple of the city’s East side and remained open for more than three decades before closing in July of 2022.
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Mr. and Mrs. G’s Home Cooking
2222 S. W.W. White Rd.
William Garner and his wife Addie opened this spot in 1991, focusing on family recipes and old-fashioned hospitality. It quickly became a staple of the city’s East side and remained open for more than three decades before closing in July of 2022.
Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro
4522 Fredericksburg Rd.
This Balcones Heights movie theater offered food alongside indie flicks — a concept ahead of its time — and closed abruptly in April 2022. The Woodlawn Theatre will be taking over the space under the new name, Wonder Theatre, in 2023.
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Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro
4522 Fredericksburg Rd.
This Balcones Heights movie theater offered food alongside indie flicks — a concept ahead of its time — and closed abruptly in April 2022. The Woodlawn Theatre will be taking over the space under the new name, Wonder Theatre, in 2023.
Cerroni’s Purple Garlic – Austin Highway
1017 Austin Highway
Staffing issues plagued this local favorite, which served central San Antonio via two locations. The pizzeria was well known for its affordable pizza, house-baked bread, lasagna and family friendly atmosphere, but fans needn’t worry — the San Pedro Avenue location remains open.
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Cerroni’s Purple Garlic – Austin Highway
1017 Austin Highway
Staffing issues plagued this local favorite, which served central San Antonio via two locations. The pizzeria was well known for its affordable pizza, house-baked bread, lasagna and family friendly atmosphere, but fans needn’t worry — the San Pedro Avenue location remains open.
Jacala Mexican Restaurant
606 West Ave.
West side institution Jacala burned down in March, marking the end of a chapter for one of the oldest restaurants in the city. The five-alarm fire burned almost everything in the restaurant and was declared a total loss by fire officials as they arrived at the scene.
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Jacala Mexican Restaurant
606 West Ave.
West side institution Jacala burned down in March, marking the end of a chapter for one of the oldest restaurants in the city. The five-alarm fire burned almost everything in the restaurant and was declared a total loss by fire officials as they arrived at the scene.
Max’s Wine Dive
340 E. Basse Rd., Ste. 101
Popular Quarry destination Max’s Wine Dive shut their doors in February 2022. The chain abruptly closed their Austin and San Antonio locations, opting to keep the lights on in their two Houston stores. Fast-casual fresh salad chain Sweetgreen is set to take over the space.
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Max’s Wine Dive
340 E. Basse Rd., Ste. 101
Popular Quarry destination Max’s Wine Dive shut their doors in February 2022. The chain abruptly closed their Austin and San Antonio locations, opting to keep the lights on in their two Houston stores. Fast-casual fresh salad chain Sweetgreen is set to take over the space.
Rosella Coffee
200 W. Jones Ave.
One of the original local coffee chains in San Antonio, Rosella’s flagship brick and mortar near downtown San Antonio was a haven for those who appreciated good coffee and affable service. The coffee shop offered a casual atmosphere alongside food and wine until its closure in March of 2022.
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Rosella Coffee
200 W. Jones Ave.
One of the original local coffee chains in San Antonio, Rosella’s flagship brick and mortar near downtown San Antonio was a haven for those who appreciated good coffee and affable service. The coffee shop offered a casual atmosphere alongside food and wine until its closure in March of 2022.
Tenko Ramen
312 Pearl Parkway Bldg. 6, #6112
Pearl Bottling Department has been home to Tenko Ramen since the beginning, which served up savory, soulful ramen with fun add-ons such as Narutomaki — a Japanese cured fish surimi — and Japanese pork belly. Tenko will permanently shut down on Dec. 31, after operating at the Pearl Bottling Department food hall for the last 5 years.
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Tenko Ramen
312 Pearl Parkway Bldg. 6, #6112
Pearl Bottling Department has been home to Tenko Ramen since the beginning, which served up savory, soulful ramen with fun add-ons such as Narutomaki — a Japanese cured fish surimi — and Japanese pork belly. Tenko will permanently shut down on Dec. 31, after operating at the Pearl Bottling Department food hall for the last 5 years.
Playland Pizza
400 E. Houston St.
This trendy downtown pizzeria offered an electric atmosphere and an array of craft cocktails and wine as well as cheeky approaches to brunch. Chef-owner Stefan Bowers has teased a new restaurant nearby, and he’s remained mum about most of the details, he says it will not offer pizza.
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Playland Pizza
400 E. Houston St.
This trendy downtown pizzeria offered an electric atmosphere and an array of craft cocktails and wine as well as cheeky approaches to brunch. Chef-owner Stefan Bowers has teased a new restaurant nearby, and he’s remained mum about most of the details, he says it will not offer pizza.
5 Points Food and Drink
1017 N. Flores St.
Chef Michael Sohocki’s latest venture, European concept 5 Points Food and Drink, shut its doors due to staffing shortages. The space offered dishes from Sohocki’s past restaurant, Restaurant Gwendolyn — which closed in December 2021 — as well as other fare inspired by the old continent.
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5 Points Food and Drink
1017 N. Flores St.
Chef Michael Sohocki’s latest venture, European concept 5 Points Food and Drink, shut its doors due to staffing shortages. The space offered dishes from Sohocki’s past restaurant, Restaurant Gwendolyn — which closed in December 2021 — as well as other fare inspired by the old continent.
Cervecería Chapultepec
Multiple Locations
Cervecería Chapultepec suddenly shuttered both SA locations in June 2022. The one-price Mexican chain made its SA debut in 2020, offering tacos and tortas along with cocktails, wine and beer. A new Mexico-based restaurant concept called Santa Diabla is set to open soon in the Pearl-area space.
Photo via Instagram / cerveceriachapultepecsat
Cervecería Chapultepec
Multiple Locations
Cervecería Chapultepec suddenly shuttered both SA locations in June 2022. The one-price Mexican chain made its SA debut in 2020, offering tacos and tortas along with cocktails, wine and beer. A new Mexico-based restaurant concept called Santa Diabla is set to open soon in the Pearl-area space.
Alamo BBQ Co.
511 E. Grayson St.
Local star chef Jason Dady this spring shut down his beloved barbecue spot on Grayson Street after four years of service. Dady said the decision to close the doors was not a pandemic-related closure, rather, the result of his inability to reach a new lease deal with the owners of the Pearl-area property.
Photo via Instagram / alamobbqcompany
Alamo BBQ Co.
511 E. Grayson St.
Local star chef Jason Dady this spring shut down his beloved barbecue spot on Grayson Street after four years of service. Dady said the decision to close the doors was not a pandemic-related closure, rather, the result of his inability to reach a new lease deal with the owners of the Pearl-area property.
Hello Paradise
520 E. Grayson St.
After a little over a year in business, Thai-inspired drinking spot Hello Paradise closed for business in February of this year. Now, the new bar and grill Summer Camp has taken over the Pearl-area location.
Photo via Instagram / helloparadisesa
Hello Paradise
520 E. Grayson St.
After a little over a year in business, Thai-inspired drinking spot Hello Paradise closed for business in February of this year. Now, the new bar and grill Summer Camp has taken over the Pearl-area location.
StreetFare SA
1916 Austin Hwy
San Antonio food truck park StreetFare SA permanently shut down in November after operating for four years off Austin Highway. Since 2018, the kid-friendly park has offered live music nights, themed parties and mini food festivals at its sprawling central location.
Photo via Instagram / streetfaresa
StreetFare SA
1916 Austin Hwy
San Antonio food truck park StreetFare SA permanently shut down in November after operating for four years off Austin Highway. Since 2018, the kid-friendly park has offered live music nights, themed parties and mini food festivals at its sprawling central location.
The Local Bar
600 N. Presa St.
The Local Bar, which has been serving up cold ones to local residents and downtown workers right by the Alamo for the last 10 years, announced their closure in August of this year. While they had every intention of keeping a good thing going, the property landlord wanted to put a new bar concept in the space. Bar owners Muñoz and Hanken will now focus their energy on cocktail spot The Modernist, which they recently acquired.
Photo via Google Maps
The Local Bar
600 N. Presa St.
The Local Bar, which has been serving up cold ones to local residents and downtown workers right by the Alamo for the last 10 years, announced their closure in August of this year. While they had every intention of keeping a good thing going, the property landlord wanted to put a new bar concept in the space. Bar owners Muñoz and Hanken will now focus their energy on cocktail spot The Modernist, which they recently acquired.
Smack’s Chicken Shack
447 W. Hildebrand Ave.
San Antonio chef Keenen Hendricks’ passion project Smack's Chicken Shack proved not sustainable for a brick and mortar, as they were forced to close in February of 2022. Smack's still serves out of their truck though, doing pop-ups around the city.
Photo via Instagram / smackschickenshack
Smack’s Chicken Shack
447 W. Hildebrand Ave.
San Antonio chef Keenen Hendricks’ passion project Smack's Chicken Shack proved not sustainable for a brick and mortar, as they were forced to close in February of 2022. Smack's still serves out of their truck though, doing pop-ups around the city.
Fletcher’s Hamburgers
312 Pearl Parkway
Fletchers, one of the Pearl Bottling Department’s original tenants, 86’d their tenure in March after four years of serving up its namesake burgers, hot dogs and shakes.
Photo via Instagram / fletchers.hamburgers
Fletcher’s Hamburgers
312 Pearl Parkway
Fletchers, one of the Pearl Bottling Department’s original tenants, 86’d their tenure in March after four years of serving up its namesake burgers, hot dogs and shakes.
Thyme for Lunch
9390 Huebner Rd., Suite 104
What was originally announced as a hiatus of just a few months became the long term reality for the owners of playfully named Thyme For Lunch. Anang and Morgan Mehta anticipated closing the business temporarily to focus on their physical and mental health, but the space has since been taken over by a new sushi spot.
Photo via Google Maps
Thyme for Lunch
9390 Huebner Rd., Suite 104
What was originally announced as a hiatus of just a few months became the long term reality for the owners of playfully named Thyme For Lunch. Anang and Morgan Mehta anticipated closing the business temporarily to focus on their physical and mental health, but the space has since been taken over by a new sushi spot.
Two Sawers BBQ
656 10th St., Floresville
Floresville’s Two Sawers BBQ began as a trailer in 2015 before upgrading to a brick and mortar in 2017, but shut its doors in January of this year, citing concerns about the future of the pandemic on the restaurant industry.
Photo via Google Maps
Two Sawers BBQ
656 10th St., Floresville
Floresville’s Two Sawers BBQ began as a trailer in 2015 before upgrading to a brick and mortar in 2017, but shut its doors in January of this year, citing concerns about the future of the pandemic on the restaurant industry.
Rocoto's Grill
10555 Culebra Rd.
This Peruvian joint stopped serving on Jan. 9, 2022. Rocoto's Grill operated for a decade before its closure, serving up casual Latin-American fare to the city’s Alamo Ranch neighborhood.
Photo via Instagram / rocotosgrill
Rocoto's Grill
10555 Culebra Rd.
This Peruvian joint stopped serving on Jan. 9, 2022. Rocoto's Grill operated for a decade before its closure, serving up casual Latin-American fare to the city’s Alamo Ranch neighborhood.
Bobby J’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers
13247 Bandera Rd.
After more than 20 years, burger joint Bobby J’s quietly shut their doors earlier this fall. While no official announcement was made, past social media posts noted severe staffing shortages due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Photo via Google Maps
Bobby J’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers
13247 Bandera Rd.
After more than 20 years, burger joint Bobby J’s quietly shut their doors earlier this fall. While no official announcement was made, past social media posts noted severe staffing shortages due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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