El Chile Group closes its Mexican seafood restaurant in South Austin

Seafood-centric Mexican restaurant Alcomar on South First Street closed permanently after service Tuesday night. The restaurant was a member of the El Chile Group, which got its start on Manor Road with El Chile in 2003.

Alcomar located at 1816 closed Tuesday. Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN

In the decade and a half since, the restaurant group has opened several concepts (El Chilito, El Alma and Yuyo among them) and swapped restaurant locations inside the group.

El Chile opened a location on South First Street in 2013, but that location morphed into the breezy Alcomar In 2015.

In an emailed statement, management thanked its patrons and said it was actively searching for a new location.

“We worked diligently to renegotiate a new lease that would allow us to continue offering an affordable, high-quality dining experience, but staying open was simply not a viable option,” the statement read.

The closing of Alcomar in South Austin comes less than two days after North Austin restaurant Bonhomie announced its closure.

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