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Luther's Cafe gets new life

Luther's Cafe, a decades-old eatery that offers an extensive fare ranging from hamburgers and chili-topped Irish to steak and specialty salads, was transformed this past year into a part of San Antonio nightlife.

Behind this transformation is Randy Cunniff, the owner of Luther's since July 2007. Since that time, Cunniff has renovated the site, adding a full bar, expanding indoor seating, and making a bigger kitchen, in all more than doubling the size of the restaurant.

The other major change that Cunniff made was to expand the hours of operation. While it used to be open only for lunch hours, according to Cunniff, it is now open 16 hours everyday. This late-night business (Luther's is often open past 3:00 a.m.) caters to the area nightlife crowd.

According to Cunniff, most of his business comes from the nightclub patrons in the immediate area of Luther's Main Ave. location, but there is also a healthy amount of people that come from the downtown area.

“Our first chef that we had hired for business also knew lots of the chefs and the people and stuff downtown,” Cunniff said. These connections have helped to direct many downtown customers, whose choices for restaurant-quality food become more and more limited as the night wears on, to Luther's Cafe.

Cunniff also owns the nightclub, Heat, which is located across the street from Luther's. He is excited about the future of the area, saying, “We plan to make betterments in the whole neighborhood.” He also expressed his satisfaction with the support that the neighborhood has shown for the renovated restaurant.

Luther's Cafe is located at 1425 N. Main Ave. It is open from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 am or later.

Posted by Joshua A. Hughes on 6/25/2008
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