Barnacle Bill's eateries close doors

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Melissa S. Monroe and Express-News Business Writers San Antonio-based Barnacle Bill's Seafood restaurants have closed, leaving customers and employees wondering what happened. Full Story
Elena

United States

#21 Jun 28, 2007
I liked the fish there, but it was too stinky to sit and eat. It sort of smelled like a house I once rented with a friend. Also, they never had valet parking for my Lancer, which I always thought was strange. Even though they closed a month or so ago, the leftover fish I have in my fridge still tastes the same! The hush-puppies are soggy, and tast kind of like the grapefruit I have at the bottom, but the other food is still yummy-wummy! At least that's what my kids said.
Alli Ann

San Antonio, TX

#22 Jul 3, 2007
We sure do miss the great seafood at Barnacle bill's. The staff were always very friendly and courteous and I loved the drive-thru....it took awhile, but that's how you know that it is prepared fresh. I remember another really good seafood place on West Avenue, where the Hungry Horse is now...it was called Catfish Charlies..they were just great and then all of a sudden they closed....something about a messy divorce....i guess sometimes stuff just happens.
Sue

San Antonio, TX

#23 Jul 7, 2007
I never did like BB anyway. If I want good seafood I go to Skippers Galley on Bandera at Hillcrest or any Sea Island.
Mike

United States

#24 Jul 7, 2007
Sue wrote:
I never did like BB anyway. If I want good seafood I go to Skippers Galley on Bandera at Hillcrest or any Sea Island.
I went to Sea Island on Military/35S the other day and it was very good.
Pam

Seguin, TX

#25 Jul 9, 2007
This place really was a treat when I wanted some catfish, I had also gone with my parents on a regular bases when I was a teenager. It's sad when we pass the boarded up BB on dezvala, I hope that they'll leave a few within the city. Their sweet tea was so much better than BM, it will be sadly missed. :(
Fish Lover

San Antonio, TX

#26 Jul 15, 2007
I ate a BB 4-5 times a week. I was befriended by many managers. They confided in me and shared that Jeff, Scott, & Vance did not like each others way of running it. They had big personal biz. problems. Things got sour and Scott Miller bailed out. J&V continued to fight and the rest is history. This is a classic case where business & family don't mix. It's ashame cus they had a good thing. J&V were hard on themselves and the people who got them there. I once met Vance, I did not like his arrogance.
Gil

San Antonio, TX

#27 Jul 17, 2007
Its like I hear Dave Ramsey say, "The only ship that doesnt sail is a partnership." I dont find it unlikely that tension among the owners was the cause of the closings.
Max

San Antonio, TX

#28 Jul 17, 2007
Who cares what happened to them. It is their loss. Jeff Vance and Scott are rich "Bill Miller" spoiled brats, Who failed settle their selfish differences. They will never feel the economic hurt they put on the employees they abandoned with no respect or cosideration. Maybe they should stay away from being employers and live off of the old grampa Bill Miller's money.
Rita Leal

San Antonio, TX

#29 Aug 10, 2007
Hey, you guys at all the Barnacle Bills Seafood:
I always thought your restaurant was connected with Bill Millers restaurants. You will be
greatly missed by alot of us here in San Antonio; as well as surrounding cities here in Texas. You one of the best.
Becky

San Antonio, TX

#30 Aug 10, 2007
I worked at Barnacle Bills for 3 years. I fell in love with my regulars at De Zavala. Those 3 years i put in alot of hours worth of hard work sweat and tears to do my job to the best of my ability. Working through school and them being the best managers i have everhad was definetly a blessing. The customers that i will always remember have a special lace in my heart. Roger- who got his catfish (whole one) with green beans and dry cole slaw also came almost twice a day every day of the week. or the fisherman who came once a month with his family with their hook-um and cook-um cooler full of fish. I will miss that time. But life moves on.... and so do the fish... by the way eat more fish, its good for you :)
Bea

San Antonio, TX

#31 Aug 12, 2007
We moved to San Antonio in 1999, and discovered the Barnacle Bill's Restaurant on Walzem soon after. We enjoyed the quality seafood, economical prices, and great service they always provided. We really miss going there and would love to find a new local seafood restaurant here on the northeast side of town - does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, and God bless all of the former employees.
Lynn

Cibolo, TX

#32 Aug 12, 2007
We just found J Anthony's on General McMullen & Castroville (across from HEB) and that fish is good & inexpensive. Try it! You'll like it!
Lynn

Cibolo, TX

#33 Aug 12, 2007
fyi - J Anthony's is in San Antonio.
San Antonio Fan

Nanjing, China

#34 Aug 24, 2007
Well the best thing about BB is the clear Tea Glasses... this being different from Bill Millers. I don't think Bill M. Tea is one bit different from BB's tea. For sure it is the BEST TEA in TEXAS! So all the locations are closed? Did they all close the same day? I do think that people in San Antonio need fish on Friday and I think someone should take up the challenge to buy up all the stores and give them a NEW NAME. JOin Mama Margie's with Karoke night...and free internet access. All the locations are prime.
Bill Miller

San Antonio, TX

#35 Aug 26, 2007
I ate at Barnicals one night & the food was aweful. I don't know if the day was slow... But It sucked. It was different form eating at luch..
Liz

San Antonio, TX

#36 Aug 28, 2007
I also worked there for 5 years. I didn't enjoy being in the company of Paul Vance (one of the owners) because he was real nit-picky. Jeff Vance was cool and down to earth. May God bless those men where ever they are because they were in the right place at the right time to give me a job when I needed it.
BEP

Brea, CA

#37 Aug 29, 2007
Maybe this has somehting to do with the IRS! Who else can board up restaurants overnight? The Miller boys are not going to talk and there is good reason why.
Crit O wrote:
All of the sites are owned by Brazos de Santos. The general partner of Brazos is the Miller family, according to Balous Miller, a partner in the noted, family-owned restaurant venture Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, and son of the late Bill Miller -- the family patriarch and founder of the barbecue chain.
Barnacle Bill's was founded in 1993 by Paul and Jeff Vance and Scott Miller. They are the grandsons of Bill Miller.
Answers to why the decision was made to close the restaurants, however, remain hard to come by. Business Journal
BEP

Brea, CA

#38 Aug 29, 2007
Jeff was an arrogant spoiled brat who was born with the silver spoon in his mouth. It is too bad that he did not have the personality of his Grandpa Bill, who has good kind soul.
Fish Lover wrote:
I ate a BB 4-5 times a week. I was befriended by many managers. They confided in me and shared that Jeff, Scott, & Vance did not like each others way of running it. They had big personal biz. problems. Things got sour and Scott Miller bailed out. J&V continued to fight and the rest is history. This is a classic case where business & family don't mix. It's ashame cus they had a good thing. J&V were hard on themselves and the people who got them there. I once met Vance, I did not like his arrogance.
George

United States

#39 Sep 3, 2007
I worked for Bill Miller in the late 80's. I knew Mr. Bill Miller, he was a pioneer in this business. I can only imagine how disappointed he would be. Mr. Miller, On Sundays he would come into our store early in the morning and greet us. He would also invite his church to eat at Bill Millers for lunch at a discounted price. I guess that is why he was so successful. He cared about people.

Since: Aug 07

Whiteman Air Force Base, MO

#40 Sep 4, 2007
George wrote:
I worked for Bill Miller in the late 80's. I knew Mr. Bill Miller, he was a pioneer in this business. I can only imagine how disappointed he would be. Mr. Miller, On Sundays he would come into our store early in the morning and greet us. He would also invite his church to eat at Bill Millers for lunch at a discounted price. I guess that is why he was so successful. He cared about people.
When you care about people, your gonna succeed within reason no matter what.

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