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San Antonio barbecue joint Augie’s hit with break-in amid already tough times

An employee arriving at Augie’s Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse at 909 Broadway on Wednesday morning noticed someone had broken into the restaurant. Owner Augie Cortez said the burglar took over half of their alcohol from the bar, as well as other kitchen equipment. This isn’t the first time Augie’s has been pilfered either. The restaurant was also hit in the brisket bandit crime spree in 2015. Cortez said altogether the burglar took anywhere between…

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a victim of the 2015 brisket bandit crime wave.

In total, the burglar allegedly stole between $15,000 and $20,000 worth of merchandise and tools from Augie’s BBQ, which Cortez estimates he will be able to replace within a month.

Tuesday at 1:30 AM, according to security footage, an intruder dressed in a black t-shirt, gloves, and pants entered the building and covered their face with a cloth.

The incident has been reported to the San Antonio Police Department, but Cortez says he won’t be pressing charges.

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A second chance is something that everyone is entitled to, Cortez said. I won’t be filing any charges against this kid.

Nonetheless, the theft was a major setback for Cortez’s Broadway. Due to ongoing road construction, customers have a more difficult time reaching Augie’s location. Because of this, their business days are restricted to Wednesday through Sunday.

Augie’s Barbedwire BBQ, located at 3709 N. St. Mary’s Street, is another successful business of his, and it is located near the San Antonio Zoo. However, he warns that the St. Mary’s Street location might be strained if resources are diverted to the Broadway store.

He explains that when Texas began slowly reopening restaurants due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Augie’s on Broadway was getting ready to recover. However, construction and road closures on Broadway derailed their plans. This is the worst time to be a burglar, he says, because the project won’t be finished until 2024.

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It’s distressing for any business, large or small, to have their property broken into, as Cortez put it. You’re trying to help people and make friends in this town, and as a result, you’ve been hurt emotionally more than financially.

Attempts were made by MySA to contact the SAPD for a response.

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