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Is Minnie’s Tavern Closing?

May 2, 2014
Courtesy Wikipedia.

Courtesy Wikipedia.

The home of the former Liberty Bar/Minnie’s Tavern may be uprooted from its current location. According to the HDRC agenda for next Wednesday’s meeting, Bill Shown of Silver Ventures (aka the folks behind the Pearl), is requesting to relocate the building from 328 E Josephine to 618 Avenue A, a hop-skip away from The Granary Cue & Brew.

The Boehler House, which is currently home to Minnie’s Tavern is believed to have stood there since 1890, and the home at 923 Avenue A is believed to have been built in 1905.

According to chef Andrew Weissman, current owner of Minnie’s Tavern with a partner through Tavern LLC, the decision to close the restaurant that opened around this time last year was a tough one to make, but a business decision, nonetheless. Most of the 18-20 staff members of the restaurant would be absorbed through the chef’s other eateries. Weissman also noted the sale of the building isn’t entirely certain just yet.

According to HRDC documents, the proposed move is recommended for approval, “with a stipulation that every attempt within reason be made to maintain the existing leaning condition of the structure,” which they deem as “located in a prominent corner” and “is believed to have a connection to the 1921 flood” (when it gained its signature crooked look.

In their findings, City staffers note, the applicant wants to vacate the lot for future parking lot use.

As of the April 29 meeting, one of two commission members present was in favor of the relocation while the other was not.

 

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  • sonny saenz

    Leave it alone you money hungry fools….

  • Courtney King

    My great great grandfather built this building in 1890…Fritz Boehler. He was one of the original brewmasters for PEARL BEER. He built this building as well as the little house behind the large building where his wife, Kate Boehler and daughter, Minnie Boehler and himself lived. The building was a general store on one side, and a bar on the other side. Upstairs were rooms for people passing in and out of town. The large building was made of long leaf pine, it has now petrified and is as strong as steel. There was a flood in 1921… water reached to the ceilings of the first floor. Many of the neighbors took cover in this building at the time of the flood. After the water receded the building took on its famous lean. The best architecture engineers in San Antonio have tested the building many times and it is not going to fall, whatsoever!!!! This building has so much history here in San Antonio, and is a staple! It is sad to see this property turn into a parking lot because the the first and original owner of this property was THE ALAMO!!! This is a historical landmark and does not deserve to be a lousy parking lot for the the pearl and silver ventures.

  • Liz Meyer

    is there anyway we can start a petition?

  • Gawd El Gato

    Let Old SA be! If you want to create San Austonio, do it out past 1604

  • rfblawsatx

    There are no words (polite ones anyway) to express how opposed we are to this! Where’s your soul, sir?

  • blackiemcserafin

    If the city/HDRC allows this to happen for a PARKING LOT, we clearly have lost something here. What is the HDRC for, anyway? To reign in this kind of destructive development and preserve historical structures and the history of their locations. This was built in 1890! I wouldn’t expect Andrew Weissman to care about these things, but the organization tasked with doing just that is selling out–why? Been reading a lot about economic growth and development lately. It is necessary to some extent, but we lose a lot in the process–namely our history and therefore identity as a city. That location is important. And the only thing that makes that corner interesting.

  • vitasackvillewesttexas

    Because we all know that leaning on history, rather than fully supporting it is what we’ve come to expect from this OHP.

  • Karen Davis Guerra

    I love the stories this beautiful building shares with its creaky dark wood floors and haunted upstairs. It is a treasure for us local music artist’s who packed it out on Friday’s and Sat, nights, those Pink neon lights and long wrap around bar made this place easy to find a good time and a music loving crowd! I love you Boehler’s I have some beautiful photos of this place.

  • Sarah M

    Go to change.org to start one.

  • Misha

    Certainly San Antonio does not want to follow in the shadows of Austin’s intemperate transformation?

  • Ankhara

    Can’t it be designated somehow as a historical landmark and be kept from moving the building?

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  • postmasterpo

    Wiesman just wants his own kosher perfect world. If he wanted to be in the pearl he should have left the building alone and looked for other “business” ventures accordingly. Hes a chef, not a civil engineer. Maybe if he stayed focused on food like chef bliss or chef bowers he wouldnt have bothered with the building at all and all would be well for this piece of south Texas history.