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Published on March 01, 2024
Iconic Augie's Alamo City BBQ on Broadway Shuts Down Amid Construction Challenges in San AntonioSource: Google Street View

After a long battle with the disruptive impacts of construction, Augie’s Alamo City BBQ, a staple for BBQ lovers on Broadway since 1999, has announced its doors are closing for good. The restaurant, which had been serving up saucy favorites for over two decades, succumbed to the incessant barrage of roadwork that began in the summer of 2020 and slogged on amid the aftershock of a pandemic-ravaged economy.

Owner Augustine "Augie" Cortez Jr., who has been vocal about the hurdles faced while attempting to keep his establishment afloat, expressed his heartbreak over the closure. "We have invested so much into serving our community and are heartbroken by not being able to continue our legacy at this location, but at this point, we have no other choice," Cortez said in a press release cited by the San Antonio Report. The relentless construction along lower Broadway placed the restaurant in the crosshairs of a struggle between progress and preservation of local small businesses.

Julissa Carielo, Co-Founder of Maestro Entrepreneur Center and the DreamOn Group, echoed Cortez's sentiment, slamming the ongoing construction which coupled with a pandemic nearly strangled small businesses like Augie's. "We thought the pandemic was our biggest challenge," Carielo stated,  “but four years of street shutdowns provides no hope for survival. We are not against the new developments and improvements, we want them too, but our small businesses should not be forced to choose between saving their business versus having a new street.” as mentioned in press release obtained by the San Antonio Report.

Despite receiving multiple grants from the city including $15,000 in 2020, a $50,000 “hospitality grant” in 2021 and $35,000 in 2023 as per the City of San Antonio, the financial aid was merely a drop in bucket compared to the continued loss of business due to the cumbersome construction. "I’d rather not ask you for money. I’d rather have accessibility for my guests," Cortez told a small business town hall meeting.

The City’s Public Works Department stated it has been proactive in lessening the impacts of construction, keeping open lines of communication and moving swiftly on construction processes. “We understand that construction is inconvenient and that it affects area businesses. The City’s Public Works Department does its best to mitigate this impact by maintaining access to all businesses during construction, allowing two-way traffic whenever possible, communicating often through a variety of channels, and expediting construction as much as possible," a city spokesperson shared with KSAT.

With the brick-and-mortar chapter of Augie’s Alamo City BBQ on Broadway ending, Cortez promises to continue serving his beloved barbecue from his other location, Augie’s Barbed Wire Smokehouse near the San Antonio Zoo. Patrons and supporters are being encouraged to keep the fire burning by frequenting the establishment.