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Iconic River Walk restaurant quietly closes after 62 years in San Antonio

Iconic River Walk Mexican restaurant quietly closes after 62 years

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The iconic River Walk restaurant is closed. Photo courtesy of San Antonio River Walk

An iconic River Walk restaurant is saying goodbye. Mexican Manhattan Restaurant officially turned out the lights on October 24, ending a more than six-decade run in San Antonio.

In a release, owner Larry Karam said the decision to close "did not come lightly." "It’s time to smell the roses,” he said. “After 62 years of making tacos, I would like to spend time with my family and travel.”

MMR has been a San Antonio institution since 1958, when Larry's father, Tony, opened the eatery with just a handful of staff. Over the years, it grew in both reputation and size (thanks in part to those famed tacos and margaritas). 

Over the years, the restaurant expanded from its small Soledad Street storefront to eventually include a neighboring building. In 1999, the restaurant expanded again, adding a third building and extensive patio seating, notes a release. By the end of its 62 years, MMR had transformed from a downtown lunch spot for business folks to a bonafide tourist attraction. 

“We are so grateful and incredibly fortunate to have spent the last six decades serving San Antonio. We thank our friends and multiple generations of loyal customers for the years they have spent supporting our business. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you,” Karam added.

For those with gift certificates to the restaurant, KSAT is reporting that those should be mailed to110 Soledad St., San Antonio, TX 78205, for a full refund. Include your return address as well in order to receive the refund.