Legendary restaurateur Cappy to take over Jingu House

The San Antonio Parks Foundation recently announced that legendary restaurateur Cappy Lawton plans to take over the Jingu House from the Japanese Tea Garden during a media event on Friday, January 28. foundation.

Libby Day, director of communications for the San Antonio Parks Foundation, said the organization looked at what kind of experience it wanted to provide for customers after Fresh Horizons left. The previous service offered cafe-style options like sandwiches and salads.

The Lawtons also own and operate Mama’s Cae, Cappy’s Restaurant and Cappyccino’s off Broadway, as well as La Fonda on Main.

JOHN DAVENPORT/JD The Fonda on Main 28

Lawton, who was there with his son and business partner Trevor, said they hoped to bring the gardens back to life and help make them look better than they ever have. He added that the Jingu house is a small space but they have some exciting projects in store. Lawton said there are no immediate plans or opening dates yet. The Lawtons also own and operate Mama’s Cafe, Cappy’s Restaurant and Cappyccino’s, as well as La Fonda on Main.

“Our timing, we’re not exactly sure,” Lawton said. “We are going to make some changes inside the Jingu House to hopefully make it more exciting and functional. And, a bit on the outside. We have to be careful what we do on a historic structure, obviously, but we’re trying to be very respectful of that.”

The Japanese Tea Garden was first envisioned by Parks Commissioner Ray Lambert in the early 1900s. The Jingu House was added to accommodate Kimi Eizo Jingu, “an expert Japanese landscaper and florist”, and his wife, Miyoshi Otsuki Jingu. The couple would go on to raise eight children at home, while serving desserts and teas. In 1942, as Japanese internment moved to the United States, the Jingus were forced to leave. “After the city cut off the water and electricity to their home, a Methodist church helped them move into temporary quarters on East French Place,” the Express-News wrote in 2004.

Also at the event, the San Antonio Parks Foundation revealed what residents can expect from them this year. Here is what awaits you for 2022:


Tail Party, March 12

The event, now in its 15th year, is a free, family-friendly kite festival and dog fair. The event includes activities for all ages. It will be located at McAllister Park and will feature live entertainment, various dining options, family kites, workshops, giant kite displays, pet adoptions and more. In 2022, bike activations and a social ride were added to the event. The festival will also host the Pooch Parade and Fan Favorite Costume Contest.

Chaparral Music & Heritage Festival, April 2

Founded in 2018, the free event for all ages takes place on the first Saturday of Fiesta every year. Chaparral celebrates the music, flavors and history of Western culture centered on South and Central Texas in downtown San Antonio. The parks foundation has reserved its music lineup, including artists like Gary P. Nunn and the Last Bandoleros, as well as a mystery artist to be announced in March.

Outside for all, April 30

The outdoor gathering provides an opportunity to recognize successes and explore other opportunities by bringing in advocates and public speakers to talk about improving the health and well-being of San Antonio through the inclusion, discussion and educational information. It will take place at the Japanese Tea Garden in Brackenridge Park.

4th of July celebration, 4th of July

The City of San Antonio’s official 4th of July celebration will continue this year at Woodlawn Lake Park. As per tradition, there will be plenty of 4th of July food, including food trucks and vendors. The US Air Force Band of the West will also bring their exceptional energy to the stage for a live performance followed by fireworks.

Jazz’SAlive, September 23 & 24

Established in 1984, Jazz’SAlive is the city’s official jazz festival held in downtown San Antonio. The free event showcases award-winning national, regional and local talent with various styles of jazz. In 2022, the event is expanding to include a stage at Legacy Park and the Arneson River Theatre.

Celebrate SA: New Year’s Eve Celebration in San Antonio, December 31

The city’s New Year celebration will take place at South Alamo Stree, Hemisfair and La Villita. The annual event features live music from Texas musicians and San Antonio artists. It also features carnival games, food and craft vendors, activations, and fireworks.



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