From the ashes

Beloved Southtown pub and restaurant reopens after devastating fire

Beloved Southtown pub and restaurant reopens after devastating fire

Francis Bogside signs
Francis Bogside is back and better than ever. Photo courtesy of Francis Bogside/ Facebook

After an early Halloween fire caused extensive smoke and water damage back in 2016, it looked like dark days were ahead for Southtown bar Francis Bogside and its adjoining restaurant, Brigid. But exactly a year later, the elevated Irish pub is back and reopening under one name: Francis Bogside. 

On Monday, the owners quietly announced their return with a Facebook post: “We are getting everything set and ready to go for our reopening tomorrow. Rest up tonight —we’re going to have a Happy Halloween tomorrow! Doors reopen at 4 pm tomorrow!!!” In a tribute to the first responders, the staff wore San Antonio Fire Department T-shirts on opening day.

The rebuilding took a full year, both because owner Steve Mahoney was busy opening Hanzo, a Japanese izakaya, and because the large-scale damage made reportedly made renovation difficult.

By combining the Brigid and Francis spaces, the new restaurant has a larger bar, much more seating, and a small stage for musical acts (and a sparkling new kitchen, too). The menu will continue to focus on globally-influenced reworks of pub classics. Although the menu has not yet been set, brunch will be added soon.