HUSA-owned Heights-area pizza spot and tavern City Oven is now closed for good. A tweet from @HeightsLife noted that the signage had already come down Sunday morning and that moving trucks were outside the building. The Chronicle's Alison Cook reported that the dining area had been cleared by Sunday afternoon and that a sign on the door reads, "The City Oven has closed. We want to thank our guests for their loyalty and patronage. Please visit one of our restaurants or pubs: The Local Pour in River Oaks, Baker Street Ub and Grill in Rice Village, Watson's House of Ales in the Energy Corridor, Sherlock's Pub on Westheimer." Cook gave the place a no-star review in March, lamenting the mediocre food and poor wine service. That's not a good sign for buzzy new place in this increasingly competitive neighborhood.
No word yet on whether HUSA—which also owns Sherlock's and Local Pour—will set up another restaurant in that space. It's a prime location, set squarely in the middle of Heights' thriving restaurant scene, not far from just opened The El Cantina Superior.
·City Oven [Facebook]
·HUSA [Official Site]
· Heights restaurant suddenly closes [Houston Chronicle]
· All Other Shutter Reports [-EHOU-]