Bella (on Houston) back open

by Ben OlivoNovember 3, 2018
Bella on Houston opened at 204 E Houston St. on Nov. 2, 2018. BEN OLIVO | SAN ANTONIO HERON

Bella On the River is now officially Bella on Houston.

The Mediterranean cuisine restaurant opened Friday night at its new location in the Brady building, 204 E. Houston St., next to the Majestic Theatre.

Hours of operation are 5-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Owner David Snyder said the Houston Street location is the next best thing from its former spot on the River Walk.

"We're smack dap in the middle of what we call the heart of the city," Snyder said.

A few months ago, the restaurant was forced to move from its former tiny River Walk location, near one of the river floodgates, where it had been since 2011. Bella's former digs, along with other buildings flanked by the Esquire Tavern and the Witte building (former Chinese restaurant) on the 100 block of East Commerce Street, is being razed by developer Keller Henderson for a 17-story apartment tower. Currently, all of the tenants in those spaces have been cleared out. Henderson has not returned an interview request so a timetable is unknown.

In June, the Floodgate was granted conceptual approval on its design by the Historic and Design Review Commission, but the project has not returned for final approval.

Last year, Henderson told the Express-News that rents at the Floodgate would be priced at $4 a square foot, which would make them the most expensive for-rent units in in San Antonio.

Down the block, on the northwest corner of Commerce and St. Mary's, next to the Esquire Tavern, the bar's owner Chris Hill is building the 24-story Canopy Hilton Hotel, which is expected to open November 2019.

Previously published
Bella on the River moving to Houston Street

Bella on Houston opened at 204 E Houston St. on Nov. 2, 2018. BEN OLIVO | SAN ANTONIO HERON
Miriam Badger (left) and Gina Sanchez wait to greet customers at Bella on Houston on Friday. BEN OLIVO | SAN ANTONIO HERON

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