Two San Antonio restaurants temporarily close doors because of recent spike in COVID-19 cases in city

Owner of Barbaro and Hot Joy says it's too risky to stay open right now

Barbaro and Hot Joy have temporarily closed their doors amid a surge of COVID-19 cases.
Barbaro and Hot Joy have temporarily closed their doors amid a surge of COVID-19 cases. (Google Street View)

SAN ANTONIO*Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story included a photo of tables from inside another local restaurant, Caparelli’s, which is not closing. Caparelli’s remains open. KSAT regrets the error.

The owners of local pizza joint Barbaro and Asian fusion restaurant Hot Joy are not taking any chances.

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in San Antonio, the restaurants have decided to shut down for two weeks.

Their last day open was on Monday.

W.D. Deli selling restaurant, building on Broadway after 30 years in business

Both are owned by the Empty Stomach group. Posts on the restaurants’ Facebook pages say there is simply too much risk to our employees and customers to be remain open right now.

The owner said that all employees will be taken care of during this temporary closure and the plan is to re-open and welcome back everyone to dine-in.

‘I don’t think I could survive another month': Pandemic hurting business at Leon Valley restaurant

Barbaro plans on reopening in two weeks according to their Facebook page, there’s no update on when Hot Joy will reopen.

Over the past couple of weeks, San Antonio has seen a huge spike in coronavirus cases and masks are again mandatory at businesses in Bexar County.

About the Author:

Erica Hernandez is an Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience in the broadcast news business. Erica has covered a wide array of stories all over Central and South Texas. She's currently the court reporter.