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It's Official: Coppa Ristorante Closed for Good

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The Rice Military restaurant has permanently shuttered after a temporary closure earlier this week.

Coppa Ristorante Italiano.
Coppa Ristorante Italiano.

There's no need to wait on maintenance issues to be resolved at Coppa Ristorante. The Italian restaurant from owners Grant Cooper and Charles Clark of Clark Cooper Concepts has officially called it quits. 

The Washington Avenue restaurant announced the closing on its website Thursday afternoon:

Coppa Ristorante has closed. The owners and staff thank you for your patronage and support throughout the years. We look forward to serving you at one of our other Clark Cooper Concepts including Ibiza, Brasserie 19, Coppa Osteria and Punk's Simple Southern Food.

The first hint of the restaurant's demise arose last weekend. An email statement disclosed Coppa Ristorante would close until further notice due to building maintenance problems. Days later, after claiming the closure was temporary, the restaurant was completely scrubbed from Clark Cooper Concepts' website prior to Thursday's announcement. 

Coppa Ristorante opened in 2011, receiving high praises after its Catalan conversion. Despite a strong start, something obviously changed. Some have speculated that the strip center where Coppa Ristorante was located is cursed, citing the long departed Cova Hand-Selected Wines and Hollister on Washington. Despite the loss, Clark Cooper Concepts is moving full steam ahead with upcoming projects: Mobile MugThe Dunlavy and SaltAir Seafood Kitchen.

Do you think the location is cursed or were Coppa Ristorante's days simply numbered? Sound off in the comments.

Coppa Ristorante Italiano

5555 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007 713 426 4260