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

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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.
OF 21
Crossroads Kitchen
The iconic late-night food spot on the St. Mary’s Strip closed on July 31 after three and a half years.
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
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
Courtesy of Chez Vatel Bistro
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.
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
Orlando Cantu
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
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Olmos Pharmacy
Olmos Park – and the rest of San Antonio – lost the ever-iconic Olmos Pharmacy on September 7.
Photo via Facebook / Olmos Pharmacy
Stay Golden Social House
Stay Golden closed its doors in June, with the building since being demolished. A 10-story office building will be built in its place. Owners have plans to reopen just a block away, in the former home of Run Wild Sports at the corner of Grayson and Broadway. Its new name? Still Golden Social House.
Pollos Asados Los Norteños
The delicious chicken spot left a note saying it was closed for remodeling, but really it’s been shut down by a court order for ongoing smoke problems. Pollos Asados can’t reopen until a state attorney or judge approves it.
Photo via Instagram / jesselizarraras
Burnt Ends
The barbecue spot vacated its Blanco Road location at the end of January. A February Facebook post indicated Burnt Ends would set up shop somewhere else, but has yet to do so at year’s end.
Photo via Instagram / burntendssa
Saigon Express
A favorite for pho, Saigon Express abruptly shut down on April 7 after 14 years in the noodle game. The owner declined to give reason for closure.
Photo via Instagram / ElBeggar
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Tacos N Tequila
The taco spot pulled the plug on the San Antonio location after three years. The other texas locations in Dallas and Austin remain open.
Malinalli Bakery & Cafe
The bakery/cafe decided to close up shop mid-November after three years. There may be a possible return in the form of a wedding cake business.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie
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Napa Flats
The Bryan-based eatery decided to close the San Antonio location in late October, after more than two years.
Alchemy Kombucha and Culture
Known for making Element Kombucha (San Antonio’s first take on fermented tea) and a veggie-driven menu, Alchemy closed its dining operations in mid-June. It now focuses on higher production of Element Kombucha, available at H-E-B.
Photo via Facebook / Alchemy Kombucha and Culture
Dan Payton
Alberico Fine Wine SA
Alberico Fine Wine SA got locked out of its space in mid-August due to unpaid rent. Located on McCullough, Alberico had opened in 2015.
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Aldaco’s at The Dominion
Owner Blanca Aldaco decided to close the Dominion post to focus on the Stone Oak location. Those in the area can still get their fix of Mexican cuisine with La Fogata planning to move into the space.
Photo via Instagram / twentysomethingsa
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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