After almost two years in business, the Heights location of Rice Village institution D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe has closed. The Rice Village location remains open; the partnership between owners Nash D'Amico, his daughter Brina and Sherlock's/Local Pour owners HUSA Management Inc that operated the shuttered location is still moving forward with its plans to open a Katy branch in the LaCenterra development. Amid a flurry of rumors on the Heights Life Facebook page about the partners plans to open a higher-end Italian restaurant in the space and that the closure was driven by concerns over a lack of parking for D'Amico's patrons, the restaurant released a statement.
Over the last two years D'Amico's Heights has enjoyed being a part of the Heights Community. Noticeably, the immediate trade area on White Oak has continued to shift to more of an entertainment destination, which has obstructed the continued success of a casual dining and family restaurant such as D'Amico's. After considerable deliberation, the decision was made to move the D'Amico's brand to a different location more suitable for its restaurant profile. Along with an aggressive search for another inside the loop location, we are excited to be opening D'Amico's in Katy in the early fall and are actively pursuing locations in Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Memorial and other areas throughout the Houston market.