George and Pauline Kourmonduro have closed their longtime Heights restaurant Texas Cafeteria. The couple made the announcement on Facebook yesterday:
The Heights institution opened in 1965 and remained opened for several years until a fire forced the restaurant to close for a month and a half. The Kourmonduros purchased the property from their landlord in 1984, but according to Houston Press, are now ready to retire. Who could blame them? Fifty years is a lifetime of dedication.
While the Kourmonduros enjoy the retired life, the Press notes someone has scooped up the property, ready to continue in the tradition of feeding the Heights. While a cafeteria is off the table, one wonders what does the next chapter hold? The area is a hotbed for up and coming restaurants, with concepts from Treadsack, FEED TX and the Revival Market duo currently in the works. Could one of the three restaurant groups be the mystery buyer? Time will soon tell. The Heights is built around a small town feel in a big city, but as it attracts more younger residents who long for trendy and hip places to dine and relax, it's only matter of time that restaurants with rich histories and menus to match like Texas Cafeteria close up shop too.