The Houston Business Journal reported Thursday that Vargo's, a restaurant known more for its scenic setting than the quality of its food, has closed after 47 years in business. The staple of prom night, office Christmas parties and grandma's birthday had fallen on hard times in recent years, having filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. In a bizarre twist, Vargo's lessee David Wu, who owned the restaurant as part of TTC Plaza Ltd., stopped paying rent to himself. After he was $150,000 behind, bankruptcy trustee Randy Williams ordered Wu to pay up or get out. No word on what the future holds for the almost nine acre site, or what will become of the restaurant's famous peacocks.
· Openings & Closings: Vargo's and Stella Sola Bid Farewell [Eating Our Words]
· The Messy End of Vargo's Restaurant [Swamplot]
· All The Shutter Coverage on Eater Houston [EHOU]