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Timbo's burger joint closing its doors permanently on June 17

Landlord terminated restaurant's lease

SAN ANTONIO – With a development surge near downtown, Timbo’s was almost a blast from the past. Now the local burger joint is shutting its doors for good.

Located right outside of the Pearl complex on Broadway Street, owner Tim Lang and his wife will close their restaurant’s doors for good on June 17.

The landlord terminated their lease. Lang said he can only guess why.

"He just had somebody else coming into it," Lang said.

When Lang chose to move locations from Spring Branch to San Antonio, he said he knew the area just north of downtown was up and coming.

Contractors hadn't even turned the first shovel of dirt for the Pearl complex at that time.

Now, the growth and construction are constant, and Lang said the costs and competition are larger than ever.

"Taxes are going up. Permits are going up. It's just a lot of work, and we're happy to be going," Lang said.

In the last year, restaurants within 600 feet of Timbo's have seen their property values go up by $72,000, $136,000 and $444,000.

Lang said if the landlord had let them stay, he would have chugged along, but parking just gets scarcer and a rezoning sign went up across the street.

Shirley Martinez remembers going to Timbo’s with her late fiancé and said it was their favorite place. Her visit on Thursday was a final goodbye.

"I guess it's time for us to move on. Everything has its beginning and end," Martinez said.

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