by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
For the past month we have been fielding rumors that Club Schmitz would be closing this summer. In a panic we sent ace photographer Robert Bostick out for a photo shoot a few weeks ago. We both have been getting mixed stories, so we chose not to run with anything at that time. Today, Robert Wilonsky at the Dallas Morning News came up with his version of the story that points to a large possibility that Schmitz has seen its final year.
Club Schmitz is the iconic beer bar off Webbs Chapel Extension, virtually hidden from all civilization, that also happens to serve up a mighty tasty burger and bowl of chili since 1946. This burger generally makes every happy list that discusses burgers at any length for its old fashioned simpleness. Any burger grilled on a flat top that has been around since Ho Chi Minh was elected president of North Vietnam has to be doing something right, and has definitely earned its place in local lore.
For now, according to the Wilonsky story, Schmitz is safe. Our sources inside the bar claim it is a foregone conclusion. Time for a visit to Schmitz now, wouldn’t you say?
Update: After more talks, we have a confirmation that said the Club would be open for about 3 more months.
Update (Again): It is official, Schmitz is closing May 31.