In a dose of bittersweet news for Montrose residents, beloved Mexican eatery Maria Selma has announced plans to shutter next month. Fortunately, though, the restaurant’s owner has big plans to update the restaurant to better suit the tastes of Houston's diners.
Houstonia reports that Maria Selma Restaurant will close its doors on July 2 due in part to increasing Tex-Mex competition in the neighborhood. Hidalgo plans to keep the space at 1617 Richmond Ave, and will open a brand new concept called Texas Shrimp Shack after doing a little interior remodeling.
The new restaurant will focus on shrimp caught on the Gulf Coast, which can be ordered by the pound and customized to varying spice levels. Ceviche, shrimp enchiladas, and oysters will also be on offer, in addition to chicken wings and Maria Selma’s excellent margaritas. Sadly for agave enthusiasts, Hidalgo will pare down his selection of more than 80 tequilas for the new concept.
Hidalgo tells Houstonia that he expects the transformation to take just a couple of days, which means that you can look forward to enjoying spicy shrimp and copious margaritas just about when the heat is hitting its peak this summer.