“We’re going to pack up and move house," said owner Dwight Hobart. "Lock, stock and barrel."(from KSAT-12)
Liberty Bar has been at its current location for 25 years, but Hobart said the development of the Pearl Brewery caused the rent to increase. The building was known for its slanted floor, but Hobart said he could not afford to pay the rent and pay for the maintenance of the building at the same time.
“We had an unusual situation,” Hobart said. “This old building was in terrible condition. As you can see, it looks like it’s about to fall down. It isn’t going to fall down and we’ve got to great effort and expense to make certain that it doesn’t fall down.”
Hobart said the restaurant is moving to a building at 1111 South Alamo, in what used to be an old convent next to the St. Benedict’s Condominiums. He said the bar will located on the second floor and will offer the restaurant the chance more room [sic] to handle more people.
It won't be the same. The Liberty Bar's dangerous-looking lean was part of its charm, and, while its new location will no doubt have its own unique character, it won't be the same.
That's too bad. The food was good, even if it was a bit pricey. And it was a great place to have a special and memorable dinner with friends or visitors from out of town. I will miss it. How about you?
[Image courtesy of Purple on Wikimedia Commons]