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New Orleans Chef John Besh Is Closing Lüke San Antonio

By the end of February

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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

New Orleans chef and James Beard Award winner John Besh is shutting down his San Antonio location of Lüke. The last day of service will be held on Tuesday, February 28. Besh Restaurant Group's statement regarding the shutter doesn't offer any additional information.

Lüke San Antonio opened on the River Walk in November 2010. Its menu focusing on New Orleans-inspired fare with Texas sourcing, like (gumbo, Gulf oysters, shrimp and grits, mussels and fries) It is the sibling restaurant to the original Luke in New Orleans and Besh’s first outside of Louisiana.

Besh opened the San Antonio restaurant with executive chef Steven McHugh (who left to open the charcuterie-focused Cured). John Russ took his place, but left in the fall of 2016, according to the San Antonio Current. Drake Leonards is the current executive chef

Besh isn’t saying goodbye to Texas forever. The chef is opening a new restaurant in Houston, a "Cajun Creole brasserie" called Eunice, with Leonards overseeing the kitchen, set to debut this fall.

Under Besh’s umbrella include there is the original Lüke, August, Besh Steak, La Provence, Domenica and its pizza branch, Borgne, Willa Jean, and several restaurants and bars within the Pontchartrain Hotel, all in New Orleans. He also has his hands in John Sanchez's namesake upscale taquerias in New Orleans and Baltimore and Shaya from chef Alon Shaya. Besh also has several cookbooks and food-centric television shows.