San Antonio restaurant owner grateful business survived a decade after original location destroyed in large downtown fire

SAN ANTONIO – Every Oct. 1 for the past ten years, Eric Valadez said he and his family look at the cell phone video of the massive downtown fire in 2011 that destroyed the restaurant he and his brother, Hector, had opened two years earlier.

Poblano’s was one of several businesses that were housed in the building.

To this day, the four-alarm fire at the historic three-story Wolfson Building directly across from Main Plaza is considered downtown San Antonio’s largest in recent history, according to an SAFD spokesman.

“Something out of a movie. It was insane,” Valadez said. “Everything, everything was gone.”

Devasting though it was for him, his brother, and his father to watch, Valadez said they had faith.

“As long as we were all in it together, we would figure something out together,” Valadez said.

Enter Tony Cantu, who had opened a deli-type restaurant in a building owned by the Archdiocese of San Antonio, about a block away next to San…

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