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Cullen’s Closes Its Doors After Ten Years In Clear Lake

The popular whiskey bar bids diners a fond farewell

The huge restaurant space will soon be repurposed as a healthcare facility.
The huge restaurant space will soon be repurposed as a healthcare facility.
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Ten years is a long time for any restaurant to succeed in this highly volatile business, Cullen’s American Grille and Whiskey Bar has been serving the Clear Lake community for more than a decade. Now, though, the casual eatery has closed its doors for good.

CultureMap Houston reported the closure this morning, and a statement from owners Sandra and Kevin Munz followed shortly thereafter:

The loss of our beloved friend and trusted colleague Ryan Roberts last fall created a deep and irreconcilable void both in our hearts and in the spirit that has fueled the success of Cullen’s American Grille and Whisk(e)y Bar since its inception. His shocking and unexpected passing prompted Sandra and I to reflect on the brevity and uncertainty of life, and to reexamine every aspect of the work we do and the time we spend together.

After hours of discussion and prayer, we have decided to focus on those business endeavors which will most dramatically enhance the quality of our lives and maximize the time we have with our son and daughter, Cullen and Macy.

Quality of life seems to be a common refrain in Houston restaurant closures in recent weeks. D'Marcos Pizzeria owner Demarco Jenkins shuttered the second outpost of the popular pizza shop, citing a need to spend more time with his family and newborn daughter.

The Munz family has since sold the property to a group of local healthcare professionals, and the gigantic restaurant will soon be “repurposed” into a healthcare facility. Construction on that project has already begun.