With a constantly evolving food and beverage scene, sometimes it's difficult to keep track of what's open — and what's closed. San Antonio has seen a surprising number of restaurant closures this month, from a mom-and-pop burger joint to an Olmos Park staple.
Here are five shutters to know about:
Alchemy Kombucha and Culture
Alchemy ceased its dining operations June 11, but it will continue to exist as Element Kombucha, with the focus shifting to solely brewing the well-crafted drink. They will continue to distribute to bars, restaurants, and retail, and will open the space for special occasions or kombucha tastings.
Damien Watel and his concepts have been a staple in Olmos Park for 18 years with too many regulars to count. Chez Vatel is going out right, with chef dinners and guests to close down the restaurant with style. The end of an era for Chez Vatel is June 18.
Flying Pig BBQ
Barbecue restaurant Smoke-turned-Flying Pig closed its doors in June, almost as quickly as it changed its name. There was a breakup in December between the founding partners, with chef Brian West leaving when plans for the food changed direction. The group wanted to pursue a more mainstream, non-chef approach. It's a sad ending for a beautiful and delicious chef-driven restaurant in Stone Oak.
Stay Golden Social House
This Pearl favorite is shutting its doors June 16, but they're blowing it out with drink specials and big goodbyes. An office building will take its place, but we know the king of the cocktail scene, Jeret Pena, likely already has another concept on its way. We'll be waiting.
We're really going to miss those tater tots and shypoke eggs. Timbo's has been around to see the entire Broadway development take shape, and the mom-and-pop favorite closes for good June 17.