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Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen Shutters After 16 Years On Westheimer

The outposts on Eldridge and Woodway will remain open

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen
Restaurateur Sylvia Casares
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen
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After more than 16 years of serving up some of Houston’s most popular fajitas and enchiladas, restaurateur Sylvia Casares has closed the second-ever outpost of Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen.

Announced via release, Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen at 12637 Westheimer closed its doors over the weekend, citing a new focus on dishes that weren’t on the menu at the Westheimer outpost. As the restaurant said in a statement, the availability of wood-fired options, cooking classes, and other dishes at the restaurant’s Eldridge and Woodway locations that “weren’t feasible” at the Westheimer location was a little too confusing for customers.

“This was not an easy decision to make,” Casares said in a statement. “When you have worked this hard over so many years on all your restaurants, it’s emotionally difficult to let the oldest one go, especially when it remains profitable and has succeeded at what I wanted it to be. I finally had to make a decision for the good of what we want Sylvia’s to be, what it has evolved to be, over the nostalgia for this one location.”

No word yet on what will replace the restaurant on Westheimer, but Casares is currently in negotiations with another restaurant group to take over the space.