The Rustin, popular restaurant and music venue, abruptly closes at The Rim

“I have a lot of really good memories with the music, going on a few dates, so yeah a lot of fun,” said Catherine Law.

SAN ANTONIO — The Rustic at The Rim, a popular north side restaurant and concert venue, closed without notice earlier this week. Several patrons spoke to KENS 5 expressing confusion at the establishment’s sudden closure.

They say they are in disbelief and shared their disappointment.

“It’s a shame to kind of see something like a venue like this, not be able to make it, or shut down suddenly,” said Catherine Law.

Many former customers coming by the location are being met with signs on the door announcing the closure.

“Just really surprised, because it’s such a popular place that it just was so abrupt that, you know no one really saw it coming,” said Law.

According to the signage, the restaurant and live music venue is citing freeway construction affecting access during nights and weekends as their decision to close.

“I know on the weekends it was very tough to get here, to get to this area. You had to find back ways and stuff, so a lot of people just didn’t want to come out here because of the construction,” said Raul Quintero.

Quintero just moved to San Antonio from Houston and says this was one of his favorite spots back home. Quintero calls the closure of the Rustic here in San Antonio “disappointing.”

“It was a nice music venue good food, good beer, so yeah it’ll be missed,” said Quintero.

Apart from disappointment, many also remember the good times.

“I’ve been here several times over the years since it’s opened, great food, waitstaff was always so nice. I have a lot of really good memories with the music, going on a few dates, so yeah a lot of fun,” Said Law.

The venue says they have a vision to relocate so they are actively exploring new opportunities to bring The Rustic’s experience to an even more accessible and vibrant location.

“I hope they open up soon in this area now that I’m moving back,” said Quintero.

KENS 5 also spoke with several employees from other restaurants off camera. Those employees say they understand the concern the business had with construction impacting their business.

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