Josephine Street Cafe, 400 E. Josephine St., is celebrating its 35th year of business this month. The building that once housed Fincke’s Meat Market was purchased in April 1979 by Pat Molak and Mary Jane Nalley and reopened as the Texas roadhouse that continues to operate today.
Fashioned after the legendary Hoffbrau Steakhouse on West 6th Street in Austin, Josephine Street Café is a simple yet unique mainstay for many San Antonio residents. Longtime classics like “Steaks” and “Whisky,” as the signs in the windows read, as well as chicken-fried steak and onion rings mix with newer dishes like the beef tenderloin salad, club sandwich and fried shrimp.
Many recognize the space by the large oak tree that still stands in the center of the building. Like the iconic tree, Josephine Street Cafe holds strong to its original roots: home-cooked comfort food, friendly service and affordable prices. Those aspects are what Molak credits to the restaurant’s success.
“The secret to our long-lasting, and hopefully, continual, success is great food at very reasonable pricing and our wonderful staff, who, despite the casual atmosphere, take their job of providing outstanding service very seriously,” says Molak.
Situated on the corner of Josephine Street and Avenue A, Josephine Street Café is located in the heart of what is now known as Midtown and Pearl Brewery. However, the area has not always been the buzzing district it is today.
“We’ve seen quite a few businesses come and go in the area since 1979,” Molak says. “Of course, the largest impact has been the transformation of the Pearl Brewery into a full-blown food, retail, housing and destination complex. We are proud to have been a pioneer in this fabulous midtown neighborhood and are looking forward to many more years serving this area.”
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