Dec 7, 2023 - News

"Sad and scary" week of San Antonio restaurant closings

Multiple San Antonio restaurants announced their closures this week. Photo: Peter Titmuss/UCG/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

San Antonio's restaurant scene was hit with a wave of closing announcements this week.

What's happening: Michoacan-style restaurant Carnitas Lonja, brunch favorite Sangria on the Burg and Sari-Sari Supper Club, a Filipino spot, each posted their farewells to their customers on social media.

What they're saying: Camille De Los Reyes, who co-owns Sari-Sari Supper Club with her husband, Adrian De Los Reyes, tells Axios that she thinks the decline in business is attributed to inflation and people choosing convenience over supporting local.

  • "It's sad and scary, I wish something could have been done sooner," she says."We don't want to see the culture or gems of the city disappear."
  • Chef Ceasar Zepeda, owner of Sangria on the Burg, wrote in his post that "rising costs and declining sales is a hard combination for business to survive."
  • "We will be forever grateful for the support of our community in the Southside and we will miss you all," Carnitas Lonja chef Alex Paredes wrote.

Between the lines: This summer's oppressive heat, which kept many people indoors, cost the Texas economy nearly $10 billion.

Flashback: Sangria on the Burg opened in 2016, Carnitas Lonja opened in 2017 and Sari-Sari Supper Club opened in 2021.

  • Carnitas Lonja has earned national recognition throughout the years, including a 2020 James Beard nomination.
  • Sangria on the Burg has been featured on numerous food and travel shows, like "Guy's Grocery Games" and "Food Paradise."

Of note: Mike Nguyen, owner of Noodle Tree, tells Axios he also plans on closing the UTSA-area shop in the spring to reinvent the concept.

  • While Noodle Tree will close, Nguyen will retain the space for future projects.

What's next: Sari-Sari Supper Club will close on Dec. 23. Sangria on the Burg and Carnitas Lonja will close on Dec. 31.

  • The other businesses owned by the De Los Reyeses — Sari Sari Market and Jeepney Street Eats — will remain open.
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