Starting as a saloon in Beeville, TX in the late 1800s, the Schilo family moved to the big booming city of San Antonio in 1914. In 1917, Mama Schilo started serving some of her famous recipes like split pea soup, potato pancakes, homemade meatloaf, the list goes on… We believe this was in anticipation of prohibition which arrived a few short years later. Due to their innovation and foresight, they were able to successfully shift from being a strict saloon to a reputable restaurant in a few short years. Adding a homemade root beer helped get them through those dry years and their unwavering German work ethic helped them stay in business through hard times like the Great Depression and World War II. Walking through the front doors of the restaurant that was originally constructed as a currency exchange bank, is like walking back in time. Which is why it is certain to be on any local’s “must-do” list. And, fortunately real beer has been back on the menu for a long time!
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