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Downtown Southern restaurant closes after four months

August 30, 2018

After a four-month run on Houston Street in the Vistana building, Hoppin’ John’s doors closed Aug. 29.

Owners April Carter and Guillermo Galvan launched the Southern-inspired fast-casual concept in May. Carter said she and Galvan are now turning their focus to their barbecue restaurant, Market Barbeque, which is slated to open near the Brooks development in mid-October.

Hoppin’ John struggled to find traction in its first month, Carter said, with business gradually stabilizing over the summer. But volume, she said, was hampered by a largely lunch-only crowd, high temperatures and a lack of parking.

“It got to be a lot more than we could handle because Market Barbeque is just blowing up,” Carter said. “I’m already getting consumed with large catering orders as well as smoked turkey requests for Thanksgiving.”

Carter said the Hoppin’ John staff is still employed and working during the transition. For now, the crew will work at Market Barbeque property.

The Hoppin’ John concept will live on, however. Carter and Galvan have signed a lease for a new Hoppin’ John located near Market Barbeque, with construction to begin early next year.

Paul Stephen is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | pstephen@express-news.net | Twitter: @pjbites | Instagram: @pjstephen