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Final Day is September 16, 2018

Chef & owner Francois Maeder announces retirement to pursue love of travel

After 38 years at the helm of the iconic Crumpets Restaurant & Bakery, owner and head chef Francois Maeder is hanging up his apron and retiring to pursue his other love – travel. Chef Francois has said the last day for the public to visit and experience this classic gem hidden among a tree-nestled path on Harry Wurzbach will be Sunday, September 16, 2018.

“I’ve been in the restaurant business for more than 40 years,” he says. “I’m ready to do something different. My dream is to travel a lot while continuing to explore other options that combine culinary talent with travel and exploration.”

Crumpets has been delighting the palettes of regulars and visitors alike for many years, with regular menu items that are rare in this area, such as Beef Wellington, as well as monthly wine dinners that take guests on a culinary journey to exotic world destinations, featuring wines and food specific to that area. Guests can take advantage of one more wine dinner on Aug. 10, but they’ll need to act fast as reservations are required for the wine dinner.

Born in Switzerland and trained all over Europe, Chef Francois is a renowned feature of the San Antonio restaurant scene, known for bringing European influences to his menu. Besides his love of cooking, Maeder loves to travel and, in fact, has been recognized and immortalized in several books, articles, television shows including Texas Country Reporter, Southern Living, Associated Press, Dallas-Morning Times and the Express-News for his combination river rafting, camping and fine dining experiences he started in the late 1980s. 

Now that his children are grown, the chef is ready to spend some time indulging his love for travel, as well as continuing his quirky and unique gourmet travel excursions.

Those seeking a memento of this San Antonio landmark will have their chance when Chef Francois will sell his extensive and celebrated wine collection at reduced prices In addition, some of the restaurant’s exclusive art, some of which are Chef Francois’ own photography, will be sold at his retirement party. Crumpets Facebook page will announce details of special offerings as they become available. 

For those regulars who have been loyal fans of Crumpets and Chef Francois for many years, as well as those who have never visited, the clock is ticking for a chance to experience this truly special piece of San Antonio history. We hope to see you there. For more information, including directions, hours and menu, please visit the website at www.crumpetsa.comor call 210-821-5600.