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One of San Antonio's only plant-based restaurants is shuttering

One of San Antonio's only plant-based restaurants is shuttering

Bok Choy San Antonio
It's quitting time for one of San Antonio's favorite vegetarian restaurants. Bok Choy/Facebook

A popular Broadway restaurant has gone to seed. Bok Choy, known for plant-based versions of pan-Asian standbys like Hunan beef and pho, is closing August 30, according to an employee.

The news was first announced in a Facebook post attributed to owner Mike Behrend. Though admitting it was a painful decision, Behrend said that the Bok Choy team decided not to renew the lease at 5130 Broadway St.

“We appreciate your support over the past three years,” he wrote, “however, we feel our focus needs to be given to our other initiatives as we grow.”

The other concepts under Behrend’s umbrella include some of San Antonio’s most well-known vegetarian spots, including comfort food fave Green Vegetarian Cuisine and drive-thru concept Earth Burger. Both will be unaffected by the Bok Choy shutter.

Still, the news is a blow to the Alamo City’s vegan and vegetarian communities. Bok Choy was among only a handful of restaurants in San Antonio offering plant-based fare. Since it opened in May 2016, it has attracted a throng of devoted fans.

Those locals will undoubtedly be comforted to know that Earth Burger has ambitious expansion plans, and Behrend has not abandoned his commitment to being a sustainable restaurateur. In fact, according to an earlier release, Earth Burger is on track to become the nation’s first zero-waste fast-food chain by 2020.