Salute’s days are numbered
Posted: May 9, 2012 Filed under: Conjunto is Life | Tags: accordion, chicano, chicano art, conjunto, flaco jimenez, polka, squeezebox, steve jordan, tejano, tex-mex
The sale of a small retail center on St. Mary’s Strip between East Craig Street and East Russell Place signals the beginning of the end for Salute International Bar, a landmark with a storied musical history.
It’s no secret that Salute owner Azeneth Dominguez has been looking to get out of the business for nearly two years, since the death of Esteban “Steve” Jordan in August 2010.
Jordan had a longtime residency there and Salute played home to performers like the late Randy Garibay, Joe Jama and Flaco Jimenez, as well as punk rockers and DJs.
San Antonio businessman Casey Lange bought the center in April. Lange, who is the landlord forLimelight and Feast, says he has no immediate plans for the space.
But he doesn’t plan to operate Salute or carry on the name. Lange envisions launching a new nightclub with a food component at the site in 2013.
Both parties said they hadn’t discussed details of Dominguez’s eventual exit. At this time, current tenants are operating on a month-to-month basis.
“If I can stay until June, I’ll be happy,” said Dominguez who has operated the bar for 24 years. Salute is located at 2801 N. St, Mary’s.
Salute’s days are numbered | The Music Beat | a mySA.com blog.