Boerne restaurant says property taxes are hurting business, appeals tax increase

BOERNE, Texas — A popular Boerne eatery says an increase in property taxes the last two years has hurt their business and made it difficult to stay afloat.

In a long post on Facebook, the Hungry Horse clarified up front that it does not plan to close anytime soon. But, the restaurant said their property taxes increased 50% last year and another 18% this year, adding to their burden.

The restaurant posted what they submitted for their tax appeal, saying that they cannot raise their prices by that percentage, especially on top of price increase for delivery/gas, labor, etc. The post also mentions multiple other Boerne restaurants that have recently closed, including Dog and Pony, Z’s Pizza, Limstone Grill, Little Gretels, and the Blacksmith Grill.

It went on to say that it is hard for the owners to see tax exemptions being given to large corporations like Buc-ee’s, while their tax burden continues to increase. Buc-ee’s has said publicly that it is receiving a “tax incentive” from Boerne, though it is not described as an exemption.

The post garnered dozens of comments, mostly from Boerne residents showing support for the restaurant.

The restaurant was recently featured in KENS 5’s Neighborhood Eats segement and is known for its generous portions and home-style cooking. Their most popular dish is the chicken-fried steak but they are also known for their catfish and meatloaf.

 The Hungry Horse is just off Main Street, but easy to find across the street from the courthouse. 

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