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6 things to know in San Antonio food right now: Wave of restaurant closures rocks city
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Openings and closings
In what felt like the Red Wedding from Game of Thrones, several food and beverage concepts called it quits this week. The bloodletting began on July 24; Ceviche 210took to Facebook to share it had ended its 10-year run. The popular seafood joint didn't offer a reason for the sudden move but thanked its customer for "support, loyalty, and love."
On the same day, Northeast barbecue and beer joint Windmill Ice House posted that it was closed until further notice. Again, management did not explain the reasoning, instead writing a glib "It's been real, San Antonio. Stay tuned for updates."
Then, vibrant bar Chismosas Cantina y Comida announced its impending closure on July 25. The concept reposted a message from owner Danielle Braman, explaining that she was "happy to move forward in this journey." Though catering will occasionally be on the menu, the weekend of July 29 will be the brick-and-mortar's last.
Take a deep breath; light a candle. On July 26, the New Braunfels location of Big Hopsannounced it, too, had shuttered. The news wasn't altogether surprising. The beer bar held a fundraiser in June as a last-ditch effort to remain open.
More bad news from this week: On July 23, lauded Chinese restaurants Sichuan House shuttered after vandals stripped copper from its building. In a social media statement, the team said, "It is so disheartening that people make such selfish decisions at the expense of so many others." Thankfully, the closing is only temporary until the power is restored.
Need some cheeriness to even out the gloom? It looks like Gonzales barbecue joint Fire City Grill is moving to San Antonio. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission filings indicate that a location at 4419 E Evans Rd #109 is in the works. The original outpost does not look to be in danger of closure — it reopened on July 20 after undergoing a few updates.