Golden Star Cafe’s 90-year legacy on the West Side in jeopardy

SAN ANTONIO – After a celebration marking its ninetieth anniversary on Saturday, practically all the tables at the Golden Star Café have been crammed on Monday with the form of lunch crowd it hadn’t seen in an extended whereas.

Arnold Ortiz, who got here by to choose up a to-go order, gave the impression of the generations of consumers at the occasion over the weekend.

“When I was a little boy, my dad used to bring me here. I’m 63 now,” Ortiz stated.

Ortiz stated they went to the Golden Star’s authentic areas additional up West Commerce, identified for its trifecta menu of American, Chinese and Mexican meals.

“They’ve been here forever,” Ortiz stated. “I hope they never go away.”

Yet the restaurant’s 90-year legacy on the West Side is now in jeopardy, stated Bo Jean Lim, its proprietor.

“On a day-to-day basis, we are contemplating if we can still hang on,” Lim stated. “It’s that serious.”

She stated the pandemic was unhealthy sufficient, but even then, “We were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”

And then Lim stated, “Here comes the construction.”

Golden Star’s primary entrance off West Commerce was reduce off by main road development as a part of the 2017 bond. To enter its car parking zone, clients have to return in by way of South Frio or West Houston.

Almost a year into the development,” Lim stated, “They’re still calling here, asking us if we’re still open.”

Paul Berry, San Antonio Public Works spokesman, stated the project, which started final January, is on schedule however gained’t be accomplished till November 2024.

The project situated in the Zona Cultural District contains road reconstruction, sidewalks, landscaping and road facilities.

However, Berry stated underground utility work is at present underway, which takes the longest.

Berry stated Commerce between Pecos and Frio can be open to visitors in March subsequent year.

However, he stated, “We are working hard to try to get one of the traffic lanes open by December.”

Lim stated as a result of a technicality in the application course of, Golden Star doesn’t qualify for metropolis funding to assist small companies in comparable predicaments. But Lim stated she’s nonetheless searching for different doable funding.

Teri Castillo, District 5 metropolis council member, stated eating places like Golden Star Café are “part of the city’s cultural fabric and economy.”

She stated ever since the pandemic, the metropolis continues to supply packages to assist assist small companies that proceed to wrestle, together with $31 million in American Rescue Plan funds.

In response to the points raised by infrastructure enhancements, the metropolis has a development mitigation pilot program for small companies impacted by city-initiated development initiatives.

Castillo stated the financial growth division would start issuing $17 million in COVID-19 impression grants to companies.

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