Beloved San Antonio barbecue joint from star chef closes amid construction boom
One of San Antonio's most prolific restaurateurs is downsizing. After four years of serving his peach-glazed baby back ribs on Grayson Street, 2022 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Chef of the Year Jason Dady has decided to retire his family-friendly Alamo BBQ Co. concept. According to a social media post, the last day of service will be May 30.
The celebrated chef, proprietor of Jardín, Tre Trattoria, Two Bros. BBQ Market, and Range, was typically frank in explaining the move.
"This isn't a pandemic closure; it's simply a business decision," Dady stated in the post. "Our lease is up, and we were unable to come to an agreement that made sense for us to stay on Grayson Street with the current limitations that the construction in the area has challenged us with since 2005."
The growth spurt in the Pearl-area corridor has been a consistent factor in Dady's decision making. Alamo BBQ Co. debuted in May 2018 after he decided to tap out of The Bin Tapas Bar. At the time, Dady told CultureMap that it no longer made sense to serve low-cost bites and that barbecue would likely do better at the high-traffic site.
A year later, the busy chef announced another Grayson Street upheaval. Citing rapid development, Dady shuttered the long-running Shuck Shack in 2019. Although a 2020 relocation to an unnamed North Central San Antonio development was teased, it has yet to come to fruition.
In his farewell Alamo BBQ post, Dady acknowledged the seafood favorite, stating the restaurant group was "still on the prowl for a new location." And he had kind words for the still-booming neighborhood he is leaving behind.
"The allure of the area, the growth potential, and imminent opening of several new housing and banking projects are … exciting and enticing," said Dady," [but] it's simply not enough to extend a multiyear lease, and the timing is right for us to move on."
Though Dady did not wish to comment further on the business decision, he shared via email that he was proud to be able to absorb the entire Alamo team. The staff might come in handy as he looks to the future.
"Big, big things are [on] our horizon, and we are excited for [what] the future will bring," Dady shared.