Even in a food scene as booming as San Antonio’s, there’s bound to be a few casualties along the way. Still, it's always a surprise when the latest restaurant to shutter comes from one of the busiest areas in town.
In a Facebook post, the owners of the La Fonda location at The Rim announced that July 1 was the last day of service. The popular Tex-Mex and Interior Mexican eatery had been open less than a year since moving from Oak Hills in late 2017.
Although the shopping center near La Cantera is brimming with new eateries like Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and the third Alamo City location of Bakery Lorraine, La Fonda never took hold. Users on Yelp complained about long wait times and poor service, giving it a dismal 2.5-star rating.
It may have also been cursed by associations with one of San Antonio’s classic restaurants, La Fonda on Main. Although the name is shared by several eateries in the San Antonio area, each La Fonda restaurant is owned separately, even if more recently opened restaurants still make the claim that they were established in 1932.
In the social media post, the owners did not give a reason for the sudden shuttering. “Sadly last night was the closing of La Fonda Rim,” the post read. “We are so grateful to our co-workers, family, and friends who have made the experience of running this restaurant unforgettable.”
CultureMap has reached out to La Fonda for further comment and will update this story.