Juanita’s Cafe and Bar at 615 President Clinton Ave. is saying adios on Dec. 20, general manager James Snyder has announced. He said he thought he should give the 30-year-old restaurant the “respect it deserves” by not abruptly shutting down but staying open through all its music bookings and to let people have a final meal.
The River Market district address was good for the shows but lousy for the lunch business, thanks to the difficulty of parking in the district, he said. Juanita’s was located on South Main Street, where South on Main is located now, for 25 years, and there did a good lunch business.
“We hit a point where we feel like four owners in four years trying to keep [the restaurant] alive is wearing us out,” Snyder, a part owner of the business, said. “We’re not restaurant people.”
Snyder has been in charge of booking the musical acts. He and Erin Hurley, the bar manager, who booked the musical acts for many years before Snyder took over, will move to the Metroplex at Col. Glenn and I-430 to book shows there. All 2016 acts booked for Juanita’s will be moved to the Metroplex.
Juanita’s is closing without debt. “We didn’t want to get where we couldn’t pay our employees,” Snyder said. “We wanted to go out the right way.”