Here’s the bad news: After almost two decades serving downtown diners, The Palm restaurant closed on June 29. But before San Antonio carnivores start to panic, know the shutter will barely last over a month. Following an interior refresh, the long-running steakhouse will be back on the scene in August.
According to a release, the restaurant is undergoing renovations for two reasons. A new bar will attract guests looking for a cocktail before a Majestic Theater show and a refurbished private dining room will more readily accommodate business functions.
The Palm debuted at 233 E. Houston St. in 2000. Although part of a chain with locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City, the restaurant has become a San Antonio icon for prime steaks, seafood, and Italian specialties like veal Marsala and linguine and clam sauce.
The food menu will not change; however, the reopening will introduce a new cocktail program. Though the release did not go into details, it did say that it “fuses its renowned generous pours with specialty mixology.”
Those generously poured drinks will be enjoyed in a new, open floor plan. Since walls are being knocked down, that may affect some of the eatery’s famous caricatures of prominent San Antonians, but the restaurant is taking steps to preserve them.
The improvements to the private dining area will not just be cosmetic. The chain is outfitting the room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, flat screens, and laptop connections so it can accommodate presentations and meetings.
“We have been here for 20 years, and it is time to give the restaurant a facelift that will enhance the experience for our guests and better suit their needs,” says general manager Robert Sanchez in a release. “The restaurant will still have that classic feel, but with a fresh look that better celebrates and delivers everything our guests love about The Palm.”
Although The Palm does not yet know the exact reopening date, it does plan to complete the work as quickly as possible. Progress updates will be posted on the website throughout the summer.