Celebrated San Antonio taqueria Carnitas Lonja and its sister restaurant Fish Lonja will close permanently at the end of the year, as announced on Instagram. Its last day at 1107 Roosevelt Street will be December 31. No specific reason was given for the closure.
Carnitas Lonja opened in 2017 and was known for its superior carnitas. The restaurant earned Best New Restaurant accolades from Eater in 2018 and chef Alex Paredes was named a James Beard Award semifinalist in 2020 (the awards were not held that year). The restaurant also expanded in 2021 to serve ceviche and seafood dishes with Fish Lonja, which was named one of the 50 most exciting restaurants in 2021 by the New York Times.
The restaurant recently moved to another space at the same location over the summer and closed temporarily during that time, startling devoted customers. Paredes then softened the closing language, telling the San Antonio Express-News that he was considering turning the lot into a food hall and needed time to figure things out. However, he called this closure permanent.