The end of an era

Classic San Antonio fine-dining restaurant says goodbye after 38 years

Classic San Antonio fine-dining restaurant says goodbye after 38 years

Crumpets interior San Antonio
Chef Francois Maeder is retiring Crumpets. Crumpets/ Facebook

It’s the end of the road for a classic San Antonio restaurant. After 38 years in the business, owner and chef Francois Maeder has decided to close to close Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery.

According to a release, Maeder made the decision so he could devote more time to exploring the world, something he is able to do now that his children have grown. The last day of business will be September 1.

“I’ve been in the restaurant business for more than 40 years,” Maeder said. “I’m ready to do something different. My dream is to travel a lot while continuing to explore other options that combine culinary talent with travel and exploration.”

Crumpets opened at 3920 Harry Wurzbach Rd. in 1980 and quickly became a fine dining staple for offering European dishes like beef Wellington, cuisine that was difficult to find in Alamo City at the time. The restaurant also gained acclaim for hosting monthly wine dinners that highlighted culinary global culinary traditions.

The final installment of that reservations-only series will occur August 10 with a menu curated to highlight top California wine producers. As always, the menu features decadent dishes showcasing the depth of the industry pro’s technique like boneless leg of lamb, vol au vent with wild mushrooms, and a double chocolate Napoleon dessert.

If longtime customers are not able to attend that dinner, they still have a chance to take home some Crumpets memories. Maeder is parting with the restaurant’s huge wine collection, which will be sold at discounted prices.

The eclectic artwork that decorates the fine dining destination, some of it photographed by Maeder himself, will also be sold off at the chef’s retirement party. Details will be announced later in the month on the restaurant’s Facebook page.