Luke Says Goodbye
Celebrity chef's beloved San Antonio restaurant closes its doors
John Besh's San Antonio Creole concept is closing. Lüke will shut its Louisiana doors on February 28.
“After six years in business, the Besh Restaurant Group has decided to close Lüke San Antonio. Our last day of service will be February 28th. We are grateful for the ways in which the community has embraced and immensely supported the restaurant since it opened in 2011," reads a statement given to the San Antonio Currentby The Door Online PR firm.
Chef John Besh's creative vision enjoyed a long stint of San Antonio glory as a staple in downtown. Lüke garnered a strong reputation for supporting Gulf Coast fisherman under chef John Russ' leadership, with a dedicated menu celebrating the Gulf. Russ left the eatery in November to pursue what we all hope will be a brick-and-mortar of his own.
Things we'll miss: oysters, red beans and rice, shrimp and grits, gumbo, crawfish etouffee. Did we mention the entire raw bar? We'll also miss the Besh dinners and the cookbook signings. But with all great things, there's a chance they will end.
Perhaps the next restaurateur will dazzle us with something we've always wanted — something that will complement our beautiful River Walk and make us forget those tasty oysters. For now, we bid Lüke adieu.