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Papa's Burger Brand Closes BBQ Restaurant, Opens New Cafe Concept


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Papa’s Quickdraw BBQ, a drive-thru restaurant specializing in smoky cubed brisket, pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, has closed. The eatery opened at 12054 Blanco Road in June.

"We actually rolled out the concept as a partnership and the partnership dissolved," said owner Robert Walker. "The idea was successful but the partnership didn't quite work out."

However, there's still hope for local BBQ enthusiasts. Walker, who also owns the popular Papa's Burgers, has since opened a new concept — Papa's Water Cooler Cafe, a spot for breakfast tacos or salad and sandwich lunch options — inside the McAllister Plaza Building.

"You can still get the BBQ sandwich at the cafe," he said. "We will reintroduce the [Papa's Quickdraw BBQ] concept at a later date and another location."

In the meantime, Walker has plans to expand the Papa's Burgers brand beyond its San Antonio roots in 2020. The restaurant was recognized by Yelp as the fourth-best U.S. burger joint in 2018.

"This has been a growing process," he said. "Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward."
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