Pour one out
One of San Antonio’s premier wine destinations has poured its last bottle. On February 6, popular Alamo Quarry Market eatery 20nine Restaurant & Wine Bar announced on Facebook that it had closed after a 12-year run.
In a Facebook post, the owners said they decided to not extend the lease at the space, but did not offer further explanation. Though CultureMap was able to confirm the shutter, no further comment was given from the restaurant at press time.
20nine was a perpetual favorite of San Antonio oenophiles. Owner Troy Fulmer curated one of the city’s largest wine collections with a gobsmacking selection of more than 300 different labels, which could be enjoyed in a variety of flights.
The restaurant was also popular for its Mediterranean-inspired menu, including starters like cod fritters and fried calamari and mains like New Zealand ribeye with charred zucchini and black truffle butter and signature chicken with pepita crust.
20nine is also well known as the place where Battalion chef Stefan Bowers introduced San Antonio diners to innovative sourdough crust pizzas. His work at the restaurant would later develop into one of Alamo City’s hottest new concepts, Playland.
All is not lost for fans of the restaurant, however. In the shutter announcement, the owners also promised a new concept was coming in 2020 at the corner of Austin Highway and Broadway Street. The intersection is currently the site of a planned $40 million mixed-use development approved by the Alamo Heights City Council in 2017. It’s unclear if the new 20nine project will be included.