Former Fujiya restaurant building to be demolished after Tuesday fire

The building was all that remained of the old Japanese restaurant.

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Fujiya Japanese Garden Restaurant was located at  9030 Wurzbach Rd.    

Fujiya Japanese Garden Restaurant was located at  9030 Wurzbach Rd.

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A spokesperson with the San Antonio Fire Department says that an old San Antonio Japanese restaurant is set to be demolished after the building caught fire Tuesday morning, May 16. Firefighters responded to a fire that started in the interior of the former Fujiya building at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, said SAFD spokesperson Woody Woodward. 

He couldn’t provide estimated damages and the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined as of Wednesday morning, May 17, but Woodward said that people have broken into long abandoned building before. The official cause may not be determined since the building is being torn down. SAFD posted video on Facebook of the building after firefighters put out the blaze Tuesday. In the video, you can see the charred remains of the interior. 

Click here to see the video on SAFD’s Facebook page.

Fujiya closed its doors permanently sometime between 2020 and 2021. The restaurant originally announced on Facebook in 2019 that it would close for renovations but gave no timeline. In July 2021, locals on social media asked why the restaurant never reopened, lamenting the apparent permanent closure. A listing for the property on Loopnet confirmed that the business had closed its doors.

In November 2021, all of the equipment and decorations were auctioned off. The Japanese restaurant had been in operation for around 50 years before it closed. Joan Momohira Wester first opened Fujiya’s in San Antonio’s Deco District in 1970, and then moved over to Wurzbach Road in 1996. Wester was killed in 1998 when her vehicle was struck by a driver going the wrong way.  

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