Bye-bye 'Cue & Brew

Award-winning Pearl barbecue restaurant goes up in smoke after 7 years

Award-winning Pearl barbecue restaurant goes up in smoke after 7 years

The Granary 'Cue & Brew San Antonio
The Granary is burning out after seven years. The Granary 'Cue & Brew/Facebook

Just days after Shuck Shack announced it is moving from Grayson Street, the Pearl area is suffering yet another loss. After seven years in business, The Granary unexpectedly announced that it too is shuttering.

According to a release, chef and owner Tim Rattray has decided to close the acclaimed barbecue restaurant at the end of November so he can focus on the recently opened Fontaine’s Southern Diner & Bar and possible future concepts. Although November 30 is the official last day, The Granary will ramp down its hours beginning November 11.

The concept opened in late 2012 as The Granary ‘Cue & Brew to reflect its twin focus on smoked meats and house beer. In late December 2018, it killed brewing operations and introduced a full bar, simplifying its name to The Granary.

House beer or not, it was always one of the Pearl’s most celebrated concepts. In addition to earning heaps of local praise, The Granary was twice named to Texas Monthly’s prestigious Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas list and was a darling of national publications like Travel & Leisure and Bon Appétit.

As a final goodbye, Rattray will be dishing out some of his greatest hits from past menus, including pastrami short rib with sauerkraut aioli and rye crumble; brisket ramen with onsen egg and grilled maitake mushroom; beef clod with tomato caramel, pickled celery, and quinoa crunch; and buttermilk chess pie with cane syrup and Chantilly cream.

“I’m so thankful to all of our guests and loyal supporters for creating seven unforgettable years of food, drinks and memories,” Rattray says in a November 4 release. “It’s been such a privilege and labor of love to share what we’ve done over the years with this community all while maintaining a commitment to quality ingredients, innovative cooking, and creative exploration of smoke and fire.”

As mentioned, beginning November 11, The Granary will cut brunch service and limit its lunch service to Friday and Saturday from 11 am-3 pm. Dinner will be served from 4-10 pm, Tuesday through Saturday until November 30.