Alcomar, the Mexican seafood restaurant from the El Chile Group, is now closed. The shutter happened because of a “proposed rent increase by [their] landlords,” according to its Facebook page. Its last day of service on 1816 South 1st Street was last night, Tuesday, May 22.
The restaurant group said it tried to negotiate new terms, but “staying open was simply not a viable option.” Read the full note below.
Alcomar, which opened in April 2015, was overseen by chefs Alma Alcocer-Thomas and Jeff Martinez. It was particularly known for its lengthy happy hour, which ran from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. (Alcocer-Thomas also runs the kitchen of the group’s Barton Springs Road Mexican restaurant El Alma.)
This isn’t the first time this has happened to an El Chile Group restaurant. Tex-Mex burger cantina El Sapo closed without any advance warning after operating for three months in its new West 10th Street digs last year (it moved from its original home up on Manor Road to make way for the group’s Peruvian restaurant Yuyo.)
El Chile Group also runs El Chile Cafe and the fast-casual El Chilito.